Early Childhood (A.A.S.)
The A.A.S. degree in Early Childhood is a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited program emphasizing best practices in the education and care of young children, birth through age eight. The program includes a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. The curriculum offers a solid base of theory and practice through early childhood course work. A 230-hour practicum is offered in a variety of settings designed to meet students' career goals. Opportunities for practicum are provided in placements such as early childhood programs, community agencies, and public schools. Graduates are assisted in transitioning to careers in the profession and/or higher education. A portfolio is required. The program is designed for seamless transfer into the B.S. in Early Childhood Studies: Birth – Age 5.