The Early Childhood Education program’s mission is to prepare individuals to be professional educators for young children, show a positive attitude toward all children and their families, and obtain the skills to plan and implement a program that is safe, educational, and healthy.
Early childhood educators and caregivers work in Head Start programs childcare centers, family home care programs, elementary schools, social services programs, and health care services. These professionals plan and implement appropriate experiences for young children in areas such as language, health, movement, creativity, thinking, problem solving, self-concept and social behavior. They also supervise children’s activities, care for their needs, keep records of their progress, and confer with parents and other professionals.
The Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education is closely aligned with national standards and meets Head Start requirements for classroom personnel. The National Association for the Education of Young Children encourages a minimal educational level of an associate degree in early childhood education for early childhood program teachers. Only technical requirements courses that have a grade of “C” or better will be counted towards the Associate degree.
Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):
Upon successful completion of the AS in Early Childhood Education program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate professionalism and ethical conduct within the early childhood educational field.
- Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and disposition needed to effectively work with young children, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and students with disabilities.
- Develop and implement developmentally and age-appropriate teaching strategies needed to effectively work with young children in a classroom setting.