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Pursue a Career in Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education program is designed for early childhood educators interested in developing the skills necessary to effectively empower, engage, and educate learners in a variety of urban education settings within the private and public sectors.
As an Early Childhood Education student, you'll learn about the social, emotional, physical, cognitive, communicative, and creative development of young children from birth to eight years of age.
- Understand the underlying continuity of human development
- Understand the relationship between child development, later development, and success in life
- Value critical thinking when analyzing current trends and issues affecting children and their families
- Develop a sociocultural view of child development
- Critically evaluate research as it pertains to children and their families
- Draw sound conclusions from research in order to make informed professional decisions
- Communicate with colleagues, families, and the broader community about children's
Although there is not a specific order for courses, it is highly recommended that Early Childhood majors contact the Program Coordinator for advising each semester to ensure that they are progressing toward obtaining the desired certificate or degree and know the most current information about transfer options.
Required Courses for the Associate of Applied Science Degree:
CHED 1003 Foundations of Early Childhood
CHED 1033 Creative Experiences
CHED 1201 Field Experience I
CHED 1203 Environment for Young Children
CHED 2033 Child Growth and Development
CHED 2053 Administration of Child Care
ECTC 2303 Literacy and Lang Arts Early Childhood Edu
ECTC 2403 Math and Science Early Childhood
ECTC 2503 Child Guidance
ECTC 2403 Child Development Practicum
ECTC 2703 Preschool Curriculum
ECTC 2703 Preschool Curriculum
ECTC 2803 Infant Toddler Curriculum
ECTC 2903 Future Perspective Early Childhood - Hybrid
Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education
For the Certificate of Proficiency in Child Development Associate (CDA), students must be employed in an approved early childhood program and working at least 30 hours per week with children of the appropriate age for CDA credential sought.
The Associate of Applied Science Degree is designed for employment purposes and it should not be assumed that the degree or the courses in the degree can be transferred to another institution. While a few institutions accept some courses in A.A.S. programs, the general rule is that courses in A.A.S. degrees are not accepted in transfer toward bachelor's degrees. Students to whom transfer is important should get assurances in writing, in advance from the institution to which they wish to transfer.
With a degree in Early Childhood Education, students may find career opportunities in the following occupations:
- Preschool workforce - median pay $28,990
- Assistant Teachers
- Paraprofessional at childcare centers/preschools
- Administrator at childcare centers/preschools - median pay $46,890