Early Childhood Education
The A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education degree is a 60 credit hour program designed to prepare students for a career in the early childhood field as teachers in early childhood programs, aids in Pre-K and Head Start Programs, or developmental therapist aides. Students will study child growth and development as well as learn to observe young children in order to plan, prepare and implement appropriate curriculum and learning environments for early childhood programs. Students will have opportunities to gain practical experience working with children in a variety of settings.
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Students are required to complete 240 field experience hours with 120 of those hours in a practicum placement. Students will need to pass a federal background check and may need to complete a drug screening. The AAFCS Certification Exam is required of all ECE graduates and Praxis Core is recommended for transferring students. Course fees will cover the cost of background checks and the AAFCS Certification Exam. All program classes must be passed with a grade of C or higher to complete the degree.
Amanda Martin, Coordinator of Early Childhood Education