Early Childhood and Human Development

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Early Learning and Development

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Early Learning and Development program is designed to prepare individuals to enter the workforce as Early Childhood Professionals and to assist individuals employed in the field to upgrade and expand their skills.

The program emphasizes the roles of early care and education professionals, families and the wider society as they together meet the contemporary needs of young children.

Course work includes the principles of developmental science, professionalism in early childhood work, philosophies and methods of early learning, and the impact of standards on practice. To apply planning, management and evaluation skills, students will observe, participate, and intern in state licensed early childhood programs.

     

Required Courses
  Credits: 32
ECH128 Early Learning: Play and the Arts 3
EED200 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
EED212 Guidance, Management and the Environment 3
EED215 Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness 3
EED220 Child, Family, Community and Culture 3
EED222 Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight 3
EED245 Early Learning: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development 3
+EED255 Portfolio Development and Writing for the Profession 3
+EED260 Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Internship 1
+EED261 Early Childhood Preschool Internship 1
+EED278 Early Learning: Curriculum and Instruction - Birth/Preschool 3
+EED280 Standards, Observation and Assessment of Typical/Atypical Behaviors of Young Children Birth to Age Eight 3
 
Restricted Electives Credits: 9
Students must complete one of the following Blocks:
 
Block One: Infant and Toddler Development:
ITD200 The Physical Child: Birth to Age Three 3
ITD210 Early Attachments, Relationships and Families: Birth to Age Three 3
ITD220 Cognition and Communication: Birth to Age Three 3
 
Block Two: Family Child Care Management:
CFS163 Family Child Care: Introduction to Business Management 3
CFS164 Family Child Care: Curriculum and Environment 3
CFS207 Organization and Community Leadership in Child and Family Organizations 3
 
Block Three: Early Childhood Business Management:
CFS206 Child and Family Organizations: Management and Administration 3
CFS207 Organization and Community Leadership in Child and Family Organizations 3
CFS208 Child and Family Organizations: Fiscal Management and Grant Writing 3
 
Block Four: Any CFS, ECH, EED, ITD or FCS prefixed courses not listed in the Required Courses Area
CFS+++++ Any CFS Child/Family Studies course(s) 1-9
ECH+++++ Any ECH Early Childhood Education course(s) except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area. 1-9
EED+++++ Any EED Early Education course(s) except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area. 1-9
ITD+++++ Any ITD Infant/Toddler Development course(s) 1-9
FCS+++++ Any FCS Family and Consumer Science course(s) 1-9
 
General Education Requirements
 
General Education Requirement Credits: 22-27
 
General Education Core Credits: 12-17
 
First-Year Composition Credits: 6
ENG101 First-Year Composition (3) OR  
ENG107 First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND  
ENG102 First-Year Composition (3) OR  
ENG108 First-Year Composition for ESL (3) 6
 
Oral Communication Credits: 3
Any approved General Education course from the Oral Communication area. 3
 
Critical Reading Credits: 0-3
CRE101 College Critical Reading (3) OR  
  Equivalent as indicated by assessment. 0-3
 
Mathematics Credits: 3-5
Any approved General Education course from the Mathematics area. 3-5
 
General Education Distribution Credits: 10
 
Humanities and Fine Arts Credits: 3
Any approved General Education course in the Humanities and Fine Arts area. 3
 
Social and Behavioral Sciences Credits: 3
CFS/ECH176 Child Development (3) OR  
EED205 The Developing Child: Prenatal to Age Eight (3) OR  
CFS235 Developing Child: Theory into Practice, Prenatal - Age 8 (3) 3
 
Natural Sciences Credits: 4
Any approved General Education course from the Natural Sciences area. 4
 
Program Notes:
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.
+ indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
++ indicates any module.

Admission Criteria: None

Program Prerequisites: None