Early Childhood Education
Invest in yourself and help prepare the next generation of students by earning an
Associate of Applied Science in early childhood education.
This 60-credit hour program is designed primarily for preschool workers and P-4 teaching
assistants or paraprofessionals who are not seeking admission into a teacher licensure
program. Coursework is designed to address the birth-to-age-5 population.
Students who are successful in completing the degree will meet the educational component
of the Arkansas Birth Through Prekindergarten Teaching Credential awarded by the Division
of Childcare and Early Childhood Education. Program credit hours may also be applied
to the Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership
Are you currently an ECE professional? You may be able to take courses, or have your
staff take courses, at minimal cost, through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship®
from the Arkansas Early Childhood Association.
What can I do with an Associate of Applied Science in early childhood education?
Earning your associate degree in early childhood education will provide you with the
foundational knowledge and skills necessary to effectively prepare students for academic
success. You'll be able to pursue careers as an assistant preschool teacher, childcare
worker, and teacher's assistant. Some of the courses within this curriculum will transfer
into a bachelor's degree program for those who later wish to continue their education.
This 26-hour program delivers a curriculum specifically designed to address pre-school
and early childhood education. Courses include Child Guidance, Preschool Curriculum,
and Infant Toddler Curriculum.
Certificate of Proficiency
This 13-hour program delivers a foundational curriculum designed to address preschool
and early childhood education. Courses include Foundations of Early Childhood Education,
Child Growth and Development, Future Perspectives in Early Childhood, and First Aid.
Based on the standards set forth by the National Association for the Education of
Young Children (NAEYC), students who successfully complete the A.A.S. in early childhood
education will be able to:
- Show understanding of young children's developmental stages of learning from birth
through age eight by creating healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning
environments for young children.
- Demonstrate understanding of diversity in the community and the classroom by engaging
families and communities in respectful, reciprocal relationships that foster classroom
- Exhibit understanding of the goals, benefits, and uses of assessments as they work
with young children, by using developmentally appropriate assessment to develop curriculum,
to use teaching strategies, and in setting goals for their pre-kindergarten students.
- Demonstrate understanding of early childhood best practices by creating diverse and
differentiated teaching strategies to help young children engage in their learning
and diverse developmental stages. Candidates will practice self-reflection to promote
positive outcomes in their teaching, and they will use a broad repertoire of developmentally
appropriate teaching strategies/learning approaches.