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Associate of Arts
71-72 credit hours

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The Associate of Early Care and Education is designed to prepare the student to work with young children in a variety of day care settings and/or to prepare the student to work toward a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education.

Upon program completion students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of promoting children’s health and safety through awareness, effective practices, and health education.
  • Use and explain the rationale for developmentally appropriate methods that include play, small group projects, open-ended questioning, group discussion, problem solving, cooperative learning and inquiry experiences to help young children develop intellectual curiosity, solve problems and make decisions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill in the use of developmentally appropriate guidance techniques and strategies that provide opportunities to assist children in developing positive thoughts and feelings about themselves and others through cooperative interaction with peers and adults. Students will development, implement, and evaluate an integrated curriculum that focuses on children’s development and interests, using their language, home experiences, and cultural values.
  • Adapt content to meet the needs of each child, including the development of Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP) and/or Individualized Education Plans (IEP) for children with special needs through the team process with families and other team members.


To learn more about the program requirements, click on the links below:

Early Care and Education AA
Degree Pathway