Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

The Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education degree consists of 60 credit hours and is approximately one half of the curriculum required for a Bachelor of Arts in Education. The degree is designed to allow the holder to serve in a support capacity including, but not limited to, facilitating instruction and direct or indirect supervision of pupils under the direction of an educator. This program is designed to allow a seamless transfer to the baccalaureate degree at Marshall University.

What You’ll Learn
Childcare workers play an important role in a child’s development by caring for the child when parents are at work or away for other reasons. In addition to attending to children’s basic needs, childcare workers organize activities that stimulate children’s physical, emotional, intellectual, and social growth. They help children explore individual interests, develop talents and independence, build self-esteem, and learn how to get along with others. See the current advising sheet for more details.

Credits Required:  60 hours

Credential Earned:  Associate of Applied Science
Learn about our one-year certificate for Assistant Teacher.

Career Settings
Childcare workers nurture and care for children who have not yet entered formal schooling and also work with older children in before- and after-school situations. As childcare workers gain experience, some may advance to supervisory or administrative positions in large childcare centers or preschools. Often, these positions require additional training, such as a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Other workers move on to work in resource and referral agencies, consulting with parents on available child services. A few workers become involved in policy or advocacy work related to child care and early childhood education. With a bachelor’s degree, workers may become preschool teachers or become certified to teach in public or private schools. Some workers set up their own childcare businesses. 

Potential Employers

  • River Cities Child Development
  • Kiwanis Day Care
  • YMCA Child Care

Program Outcomes
-Use knowledge of child development to create healthy, respectful and challenging environments for young children.

-Develop partnerships with families and communities that are respectful and reciprocal.

-Observe, document and assess children’s development to support young children and families.

-Use developmentally appropriate approaches and instructional strategies to connect with children and families.

-Use content knowledge to design and implement meaningful curriculum for young children.

-Advocate for children and families and exhibit professional conduct that is reflective of the early childhood profession.