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Early Childhood Development and Care A.A.S. Degree

Program Description

This program prepares students for responsible and effective employment in positions ranging from aide to head teacher in a variety of early childhood settings. The program provides theory, practical information and extensive supervised experience in normal early human development, developmental difficulties, caring for and educating young children, methods for fostering child development, and the operation and management of early childhood facilities.


Program Learning Outcomes 

The successful graduate of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a firm foundation of knowledge in child development.
  • Understand essential concepts of developmentally appropriate practice in teaching young children.
  • Understand and value the importance of children's diverse families and communities, and how to use that knowledge to foster respectful, reciprocal relationships with children and their families.
  • Understand the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment, and be able to effectively use developmentally appropriate observation and assessment practices.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate curriculum and environments for young children.
  • Understand and uphold ethical standards and other professional guidelines in the field of early childhood, and engage in practice that is both collaborative and reflective in college classrooms and through extensive field assignments.
  • Demonstrate college level proficiency in written and oral communication, critical thinking, and analytical, mathematical, and scientific reasoning.

Additional Information

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