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Online Associate’s Degree
in Early Childhood Education
Students will be able to develop lesson plans for pre-kindergarten through fourth grade.Students will cultivate a thorough understanding of student development. Students will be able to teach children fundamental skills in creative and interesting ways.
Early Childhood Education – Associates Degree
The Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) has been approved as an online degree program by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This is an ideal program of study for students who wish to prepare for careers in child development, child care, or other early childhood service organizations. The degree is structured to provide a seamless acquisition of academic requirements for various career levels in occupations related to child care and early childhood education in the public and private sectors. With the courses online, students are allowed the opportunity to work while obtaining their degree.
Requirements for the degree have been designated in keeping with current research and theory in early childhood education.
Know about, understand, and value the role of a child’s family, culture, and community in children’s livesWork cooperatively with parents, using an understanding of the family as a context for young children’s developmentDemonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions of a reflective early childhood practitionerDemonstrate knowledge of health, safety, nutrition, and administrative guidelinesDevelop a thorough understanding of child development and the value of play in children’s learning.Design developmentally-appropriate curriculum and classroom practicesAdhere to ethical practices in the field of early childhood education.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of child development and learning
What You Will Learn
Upon completion of the AS Degree in Early Childhood Education, students will be able to:
Plan, implement and evaluate a developmentally appropriate curriculum that fosters children’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive developmentExamine program philosophy and goals, classroom design, teacher/child interaction, planning and implementation of curriculum, observation and assessment of the young child and family involvement in a variety of early childhood settingsDemonstrate good early childhood practice in an early childhood settingIdentify, document and assess elements that determine quality in early childhood programsWork effectively with diverse populations of children in a variety of settingsWork cooperatively with parents, using an understanding of the family as a context for young children’s developmentCreate and consistently maintain a safe, healthy learning environmentRecognize, articulate, and implement health and safety standards and procedures.Maintain and implement nutritional standards that meet the diverse needs of young children’s healthy growthIdentify ways to meet each child’s individual needs by developing culturally relevant activities to nurture cognitive, physical, social, and emotional developmentExhibit respect/appreciation for individual children, families, and their cultureDevelop and build partnerships with families and share information, resources, and referralsCreate and implement diverse activities including creative, open-ended art, music and movement, science, math, stories, and literatureRecognize characteristics of children with special needs and identify strategies to specifically meet the needs of each child and their familyDemonstrate an understanding of professionalism in the early childhood field through implementation of professional behaviors in daily work with families, children, co-workers, and communityDevelop a professional portfolio to document training accomplishments, skills, and competencies in early care and educationDemonstrate basic math skills related to early childhood education including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and problem solvingDemonstrate knowledge and skills involved in oral, written, and nonverbal communications.
- Design a learning environment and use teaching strategies that are based upon child development theory
Possible career choices for the Early Childhood Education (Pre-K) Associate’s Degree:
Child care center aideHead Start teacherHead Start assistant teacherOwner/director of child care centerIn home parenting teacherFamily home child care provider
- Child care center teacher
Salaries vary according to job, education, training, and location. Benefits may include insurance, retirement plans, and college tuition reimbursement.
Persons working in jobs in the early childhood care and education field need to be knowledgeable about how children grow, develop, and learn. They also need to be aware of how to plan activities to enhance children’s learning. Persons working in this field need to love the job, like children, have a good handle on stress management, be able to laugh often, and be able to lift at least 50 pounds. Working with children requires creativity, endurance, energy, and enthusiasm.