A.A.S. Degree in ECE
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The early childhood education program provides experiences in educational theory
in the areas of social, emotional, cognitive, physical/motor and creative development
for children from birth through age 8. Courses also are available for caregivers
of school-age children, ages 5 through 14 years. Now that ongoing research reveals
the significance of early development, professional preparation has become essential
for anyone pursuing a career in the education and care of young children.
An associate in applied science degree and a 59-60 credit certificate and certificates
of specialization (20-27 credits) options are available. The A.A.S. degree and certificates
prepare students for employment. The certificates provide students with core early
childhood courses and can be applied directly to the A.A.S. degree.
Students working toward the associate of arts degree for transfer to a four-year
college or university should follow A.A. degree guidelines and consult individually
with an early childhood education advisor or counselor for planning the appropriate
courses for this major.