Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education

Students are able to complete an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education by completing a sequence of courses and clinical experiences focused on infants, toddlers, and pre-kindergarten learners. The A.A. in Early Childhood Education is a degree-only program and is not a teacher license program.

The majority of the courses contained in the A.A. in Early Childhood Education degree will transfer toward the B.Ed. in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education, which prepares you for teacher licensure.

National Child Development Associate Credential (C.D.A.)

This is an optional national credential offered by The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Two courses, which require prerequsits, will satisfy the academic requirement for the National C.D.A. Credential:

  • ED 161: Essentials in Early Childhood Education I (4 credits) and
  • ED 162: Essentials in Early Childhood Education II (4 credits)

These courses also are required for completion of the A.A. in Early Childhood Education degree.

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