Early Childhood Education - Preschool Option

This program leads to an Associate in Art degree.  It prepares students for responsible positions in the field of early care and educatino or for careers in other child-related areas.  Graduates will be qualified for career opportunities i Early Education and Care as a leade teacher and, depending upon experiences, as an assistant director or a director in a variety of early education programs.  Students are also prepared for transfer to a  four-year institution. 

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Describe young children’s characteristics and needs and the multiple influences on development and learning.
  • Apply knowledge of development to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of family and community characteristics and describe methods for involving families and communities in their children’s development and learning.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and practice meaningful observation, documentation and assessment of young children that support individual learning and growth.
  • Employ positive guidance strategies that are developmentally appropriate.
  • Integrate knowledge of content area and other disciplines and apply to the design implementation and evaluation of curriculum that promotes positive outcomes for children.
  • Engage in continuous, collaborate learning to inform practice.
  • Value ethical standards and professional guidelines.
  • Demonstrate informed advocacy for children and the profession.
  • Identify and utilize professional resources.
  • Demonstrate ability to write and speak effectively.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of diverse cultures.


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