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Early Childhood A.A.S.

Associate in Applied Science
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This curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from infancy through early childhood in diverse learning environments. Students will combine theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.

Course work includes childhood growth and development, physical/nutritional needs of children, care and guidance of children, and communication with families and children. Students will foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional, and creative development of young children.

Graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in early childhood settings. Employment opportunities include child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start programs, and school-age programs.

This degree is accredited by the
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
1313 L St. NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 232-8777

Specific Program Requirements

  1. General college admission requirements.
  2. According to GS 110-91, “No person shall be an operator of nor be employed in a child care facility who has been convicted of a crime involving child neglect, child abuse, or moral turpitude, or who is a habitually excessive user of alcohol or who illegally uses narcotic or other impairing drugs, or who is mentally or emotionally impaired to an extent that may be injurious to children.”
  3. Criminal background checks are required prior to the second semester of coursework.


See advisor about bi-lateral transfer agreements with select universities.

Courses requiring a grade of “C” or better: ACA, CIS, and EDU

First Semester

EDU 119
4 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 144
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 145
3 Credit Hour(s)
ENG 111
3 Credit Hour(s)
ACA 115
1 Credit Hour(s)
CIS 110
3 Credit Hour(s)

Second Semester

EDU 154
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 234
3 Credit Hour(s)
PSY 150
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 131
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 146
3 Credit Hour(s)

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

EDU 251
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 271
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 280
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 151
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 221
3 Credit Hour(s)

Fifth Semester

EDU 284
4 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 153
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 248
3 Credit Hour(s)

ENG 110 may be substituted for ENG 111

EDU 184 may be substituted for EDU 251


Curriculum is based on the 2016-17 catalog.

  • 66 Total Credit Hours Required