Early Childhood Education (AAS)
Award: Associate of Applied Sciences Degree
No. of credits required: 60
For more information: Contact Kimberly Bell, 443-412-2648, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.
This program prepares students for employment in the child care industry in a management/leadership position. Students will have the opportunity to specialize in teaching or in site management of a child care center. There are two required field placement experiences (135 hours each) in teaching in a child care program/school and site management of a child care center.
Students with significant work or volunteer experience in the field may be eligible to earn up to 12 credits by taking challenge exams and up to 12 credits through a portfolio assessment process (including up to 6 credits through independent studies). Students interested in pursuing credit for life experience should contact Kimberly Bell.
Upon completion of the Early Childhood AAS Degree Program, students will be able to
- Demonstrate professional teaching behavior including effective communication.
- Design and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum and instruction for a variety of students.
- Identify developmental stages, influences on growth and development, and theories of learning.
- Make decisions in accordance with legal and ethical standards.
- Perform management tasks necessary to direct a child care center.
- Summarize past and present practices pertaining to the care and education of young children.
- Support children in learning appropriate behavior.
The intent of the AAS degree in Early Childhood Education is to prepare people for employment in the child care industry, potentially in a management/leadership position. According to the Department of Human Resources, expansion of the child care industry in Harford County is anticipated in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors.
To satisfy the diversity requirement: Associate degree students must complete one 3-credit diversity course (D). It is recommended that students select one of the 3-credit (GB), (GH), (GI) course electives from those that also appear on the approved list of diversity course graduation requirements.
Recommended Course Sequence
|EDUC 103||The Young Child 1||3|
|EDUC 104||Materials and Curriculum in Early Childhood 1||3|
|ENG 101||English Composition (GE)||3|
|PSY 101||General Psychology (GB)||3|
|Physical Education Elective||1|
or CMST 105
|Speech Fundamentals (GI)
or Interpersonal Communication (GI) (D)
|Biological/Physical Lab Science Elective (GL)||4|
|EDUC 108||Classroom Management: Early Childhood||3|
or MATH 101
|Contemporary Mathematics (GM)
or College Algebra (GM)
or EDUC 215
|Infant and Toddler Curriculum
or School-Age Child Care
|EDUC 200||Introduction to Child Care Administration||3|
|EDUC 201||Field Placement I||3|
|EDUC 216||Child Health, Safety and Nutrition||3|
|EDUC 217||Introduction to Special Education 2||3|
|Physical Education Elective||1|
|EDUC 202||Field Placement II||3|
|EDUC 208||Avenues to Children's Literacy||3|
|VPA 201||Visual and Performing Arts Survey (GH) (D)||3|
|General Education Elective||3|
Students are required to participate in a thirty-hour field placement experience in addition to time spent in EDUC 113 Introduction to Early Childhood Education and EDUC 217 Introduction to Special Education. Field placement experiences take place sometime during regular school hours, generally between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. A criminal record check will be conducted prior to students entering a school setting.
Choose two courses
|EDUC 110||Infant and Toddler Curriculum||3|
|EDUC 113||Introduction to Early Childhood Education||3|
|EDUC 207||Processes and Acquisition of Reading||3|
|EDUC 210||Children with Behavioral Challenges||3|
|EDUC 219||Everyday Classroom Assessment||3|
|EDUC 220||Teaching Methods for Differentiating Instruction/Elementary||3|
|EDUC 215||School-Age Child Care||3|
|PSY 207||Educational Psychology||3|
|SOC 101||Introduction to Sociology (GB) (D)||3|
|SOC 201||Marriage and the Family (GB) (D)||3|
General Education Degree Requirements
Note: The following codes identify courses which satisfy the General Education Degree Requirements:
Behavioral/Social Science (GB)
English Composition (GE)
Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues (GI)
Biological/Physical Laboratory Science (GL)
Biological/Physical Science (GS)