Early Childhood Development - Associate of Science

The program provides knowledge, training and skill development for persons interested in working in specific educational settings with young children, and serves the community as an information and knowledge-base in specific areas of expertise in early care and education and child development. 

The program prepares students in the fields of growth fo the child, influences of the family upon the child, and environmental pressures upon the family.

All Early Childhood Development programs offered emphasize four levels of learning, which include:

Level I: Introductory and Knowledge-Base Formation

The student at this level of coursework will begin to develop a knowledge-base of information around the subject area and consider his/her prior learning about children and early care and education as a means of beginning to construct a personal and professional knowledge-base for professional practice.  Specific knowledge-based content areas will be delineated for each course to assure the same level of learning for all students.

Level II: Observation

The student will take the knowledge gained at Level I and apply this knowledge at a deeper level by observing children and/or early care and education so as to understand the "real" world meaning of theories and concepts when applied to child growth, development and behavior in working programs.  This level implies that Level I has begun prior to observation occurring and analysis of observed information being attempted.  Specific observations will be required in each course to assure this level of learning.

Level III: Demonstrated Application of Knowledge Gained

The student will apply the knowldege-base gained and the observations completed and be able to apply this knowledge to demonstrate that the theories, concepts, and skill development expected in the course in fact understood and able to be applied to practice.  Specific assignments will be developed for each course to assure this level of learning.

Level IV: Practice and Demonstration of Competency

The student will be required to apply the knowledge gained, the understanding from observations, and learning from applied assignments to the practicum experience which will culminate in a portfolio assessment of "best practices" using the incorporation of the program's competencies into the practice experience.  All four levels are implied in this demonstration of competency and specific learning experiences will be built into the practicum experience to assure this level of learning.



Teaching Credentials: 
EEC Director I Certification, EEC Director II Certification, EEC Lead Teacher Certification, EEC Teacher Certification
Course Delivery Format: 
Face-to-Face, Traditional Day Program, Evening and Weekends, Online, Hybrid (Face-to-Face + Online)
Alternative Credit Options: 
Credit considered for CDA, Credit for Prior Learning, Transfer Credits Accepted