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Early Childhood A.A.S.

Associate in Applied Science
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The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from birth through eight in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.

Course work includes child growth and development; physical/nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communication skills 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)
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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. Prior to the second semester of coursework, students must submit an Early Education Criminal Record Check Qualification Letter from the Division of Child Development and Early Education. (


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

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

First Semester

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

Second Semester

CIS 110
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 131
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 146
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 151
3 Credit Hour(s)
MAT 143
3 Credit Hour(s)

Third Semester

ART 111
3 Credit Hour(s)
COM 120
3 Credit Hour(s)

Fourth Semester

EDU 153
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 221
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 248
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 251
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 280
3 Credit Hour(s)

Fifth Semester

EDU 234
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 154
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 284
4 Credit Hour(s)
SPA 111
3 Credit Hour(s)
PSY 150
3 Credit Hour(s)

ACA 122 may be substituted for ACA 115.

HUM 115 may be substituted for ART 111.

HIS 132 may be substituted for EDU 248.

SOC 210 may be substituted for EDU 251.

ENG 232 may be substituted for EDU 154.


Curriculum is based on the 2017-18 catalog.

  • 66 Total Credit Hours Required