Early Childhood Studies - A.A.S.

Associate Dean, Professional Studies Division

Department Head

Associate in Applied Science Degree, Career Program

This program provides a core of early childhood courses, including a supervised field experience, with a sound liberal arts foundation. It is designed for students planning to work in early childhood fields. Child development theory and practice will be woven together to give the student the skills and knowledge to work effectively with children 0-8 years of age. An emphasis throughout the curriculum is on working with children and families from diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Graduates will be able to identify, analyze, evaluate and apply historical information on current issues about program settings, whole child development, and the necessary partnership between families and teachers; use observation and recording methods, interpret data, and link the findings for further application; recognize and support developmentally appropriate practice for the typical child, as well as diversity and culture, differing abilities, home language and anti-bias curriculum.

High school or equivalent preparation required: No special requirements.