Students in the Associate of Science in The Early Childhood Education degree program learn appropriate skills and techniques to support the development of children aged birth through eight years old. Students gain an understanding of the characteristics of infants, toddlers and young children; their developmental stages; and strategies that support children developing typically, as well as, those with special needs. Students create appropriate program plans that foster positive self-esteem, promote social skills and increase multicultural awareness. Students visit and participate in a variety of early childhood classroom settings where they have the opportunity to apply the skills that they are learning and work collaboratively with their peers and co-workers.
Graduates are prepared for careers as teachers in early care and education settings, as paraprofessionals or teacher assistants, or as home visitors, parent educators, nannies, family service workers, social services specialists or family resource center workers. Many students go on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Child Studies.