The early childhood education program focuses on childhood development and growth as well as adult-child relationships. It emphasizes appropriate environments and care for children as well as the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive areas of early childhood development. Childhood education courses are instructed in a variety of settings such as traditional classrooms, online classes, on-campus labs, and field experiences.
From on-campus labs to community learning opportunities, the early childhood education program gives students a chance to practice and analyze their emerging skills. Students take their skills to real early childhood education settings, earning real world experiences with children, community members, and current educators. This program includes various service learning experiences, providing students with a sense of community.
The ECED program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC standards focus on providing high-quality educational and developmental experiences for children, birth through 8 years old.
Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education graduates can seamlessly transfer to a four-year institution through our Transfer as a Junior program. To learn more about our Transfer as a Junior program, and how it can save you money, visit our TSAP page. Keep in mind, you will also need to be admitted to the four-year institution where you plan to transfer. Admission is not guaranteed just by enrolling in a Transfer as a Junior program.
If you want to continue your education after completing your degree, we have several four-year transfer partnership in place. Talk to your transfer advocate for more information about transfer opportunities and how you can earn a bachelor's degree in various fields such as elementary education.