Program of Study

The original AAS degree in early childhood education is a 67 credit hour degree. There is a basic core 32 credit hours of required early childhood courses. In addition to the early childhood core courses, the degree includes 21-24 credit hours of general education courses depending upon individual course selections. Seven additional hours of early childhood classes are included as local requirements.

Careers Available

Students entering this program will have the opportunity to specialize in areas unique to their particular interests through the certificate programs available. Certificate programs are available in literacy, early childhood, infant and toddlers, and child care administration.

Recommended Courses and Skills

High school algebra I, computer skills and CPT testing.

Helpful Personal Attributes

Good motivation to work with children ages 0-12, good judgment and a sense of responsibility, ability to work as a member of a team, possess good oral and written and communication skills.

Program Offerings

Program Credential Level Offered Code
Early Childhood Education - General Track Associate in Applied Science Day and Evening A55220GE
Early Childhood Education Diploma Day and Evening D55220
Early Childhood Education - Administration Certificate Day and Evening C55220A
Early Childhood Education - B-K Licensure Transfer Track Associate in Applied Science Day and Evening A55220LT
Early Childhood Education - Early Childhood Certificate Day and Evening C55220
Early Childhood Education - Early Ed Non-Licensure Transfer Track Associate in Applied Science Day and Evening A55220NL
Early Childhood Education - Early Intervention Certificate Day and Evening C55220EI
Early Childhood Education - Infant and Toddler Certificate Day and Evening C55220IT

Program Contact

If you would like additional information about the Early Childhood Education Associate Program, contact Stephanie Lackey, Program Coordinator, at 336.734.7969 or