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Early Care and Education – Fall Start

The Early Care and Education program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education. The Associate Degree is organized with standards from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Students pursuing the Associate Degree in Applied Science in Early Care and Education are encouraged to transfer to a four-year institution to obtain a Baccalaureate Degree if they plan to teach in a K-12 environment. Early Care and Education students may also pursue careers as a paraprofessional in management, operations or instruction in a commercial daycare setting.

This program offers students a basic understanding of the needs of young children and the training to implement quality preschool programming. Students also learn growth and development principles, teaching methods, safety and first aid, discipline techniques, developmentally-appropriate curriculum methods, exceptionality and early intervention techniques for promoting effective family/program partnerships, and principles of ethics and leadership in early care and education.

This Associate Degree does not lead to teacher certification unless the student completes the Baccalaureate Degree.

Special Admissions Requirements
• Meet the specific program requirements outlined for admissions
• Complete a physical exam, including T.B. screening and hepatitis vaccines.
• Satisfactory police or government record check to indicate no prior child abuse or neglect record.

Associate Degree in Applied Education
68 semester hours

he Early Care and Education program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education. The Associate Degree is organized with standards from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Students pursuing the Associate Degree in Applied Science in Early Care and Education are encouraged to transfer to a four-year institution to obtain a Baccalaureate Degree if they plan to teach in a K-12 environment. Early Care and Education students may also pursue careers as a paraprofessional in management, operations or instruction in a commercial daycare setting.

This program offers students a basic understanding of the needs of young children and the training to implement quality preschool programming. Students also learn growth and development principles, teaching methods, safety and first aid, discipline techniques, developmentally-appropriate curriculum methods, exceptionality and early intervention techniques for promoting effective family/program partnerships, and principles of ethics and leadership in early care and education.

This Associate Degree does not lead to teacher certification unless the student completes the Baccalaureate Degree.

Special Admissions Requirements
• Meet the specific program requirements outlined for admissions
• Complete a physical exam, including T.B. screening and hepatitis vaccines.
• Satisfactory police or government record check to indicate no prior child abuse or neglect record.

Associate Degree in Applied Science
68 semester hours

The Early Childhood Development diploma program offers students a basic understanding of the needs of young children. The diploma is organized with standards from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Students are trained to implement quality pre-school programming. They also learn growth and development principles, teaching methods, health, safety and nutrition, discipline techniques, and developmentally-appropriate curriculum methods for promoting effective family/program partnerships.

Graduates of this program are qualified for employment in child development centers, nursery schools, and as teachers’ aides in private schools. This program also is an excellent resource for child development teachers and administrators who want to upgrade their job skills and parents who want to learn more about the development of young children.

Special Admissions Requirements
• Meet the specific program requirements outlined for admissions.
• Complete a physical exam, including T.B. screening and hepatitis vaccines.
• Satisfactory background check required.

Diploma
45 semester hours

The Early Childhood Development Certificate program prepares students for employment in educational programs for young children such as child development centers and nursery schools. This certificate is organized with standards from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Students obtain a basic understanding of the needs of young children and are trained to implement quality pre-school programming. They also learn growth and development principles and discipline techniques.

Special Admissions Requirements
• Meet the specific program requirements outlined in admissions requirements.
• Completed physical exam, including T.B. screening and hepatitis vaccines.
• Satisfactory police or government record check to indicate no prior child abuse or neglect record.

Certificate
30 semester hours