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Early Childhood Education-AAS

The Early Childhood Education (daycare) program prepares individuals to teach, administrate or establish a child care center. The program prepares teachers to be facilitators and interactors to extend children’s learning and to promote high level thinking and reasoning. The program prepares individuals to assume responsibilities in various jobs in the service areas. Some of these might include: child care instructor, director, owner, director of a family day home, or manager of a corporate child care facility.

Area of Study

Early Childhood Education



Total Program

60 Credit Hours

The fourth digit in the course number indicates the number of credit hours. 

University Requirement - 1 or 3 hours

University Requirement Department
The 3-hour credit course is required for students who must take at least one remedial course.  Students who are not required to take a remedial course may take the 3-hour credit course.  In both situations, the courses (1-hour or 3-hour) count toward electives.
UNIV 1001 Principles of Academic Success I University
UNIV 1003 Principles of Academic Success III University

General Education Core - 24 hours

English - 6 hours

English Department
ENG 1003 Freshman English I English
ENG 1013 Freshman English II English

Lab Science - 4 hours

Lab Science Department
BIOL 1004 Biology for General Education Biological Science

Mathematics - 3 hours

Mathematics Department
MATH 1013 Technical Mathematics A, B, C, D, E, J, M and V Mathematics
Students may take a MATH course higher than MATH 1013

Psychology - 3 hours

Psychology Department
PSY 2013 Introduction to Psychology Psychology

Speech/Fine Arts/Humanities - 3 hours

Speech/Fine Arts/Humanities Department
Choose one course below.
SPCH 1203 Oral Communications Speech
ART 2503 Fine Arts-Visual Art
MUS 2503 Fine Arts-Musical Music
THEA 2503 Fine Arts-Theatre Theatre
THEA 2513 Fine Arts-Film Theatre
HUM 2003 Introduction to Humanities I: Greece and Rome Humanities
HUM 2013 Introduction to Humanities II: Europe Humanities

Physical Education - 2 hours

Physical Education Department

Choose one of the options listed below.

PE 1623 Concepts of Fitness Physical Education
Two 1 hour credit activity courses or one 2-credit hour activity course. 

Computer Information Systems - 3 hours

Computer Information Systems Department
CIS 1503 Microcomputer Applications I Computer Information Systems

Daycare Core Requirements - 36 hours

Daycare Core Requirements Department
ECH 1003 Child Guidance Early Childhood
ECH 1103 Child Growth and Development Early Childhood
ECH 1113 Foundations of Early Childhood Education Early Childhood
ECH 1213 Perspectives in Early Childhood Education Early Childhood
ECH 1203 Business Administration in Early Childhood Education Early Childhood
ECH 2303 Math & Science for Early Childhood Early Childhood
ECH 2313 Literacy & Language for Early Childhood Early Childhood
ECH 2113 Health, First Aid, and Safety Early Childhood
ECH 2123 Curriculum Development in Early Childhood Education Early Childhood
ECH 2203 Exceptional Children Early Childhood
ECH 2323 Infant and Toddler Curriculum Early Childhood
ECH 1301 Practicum I Early Childhood
ECH 1302 Practicum II Early Childhood

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