Early Childhood and Human Development    

Earn Your Early Learning & Development Degree

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.

CIPS Code: 19.0706

Required Courses 32
Course # Course Title Credits
Early Learning: Play and the Arts 3
Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
Guidance, Management and the Environment 3
Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness 3
Child, Family, Community and Culture 3
Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight  3
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 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
CFSxxx Any CFS Child/Family Studies course(s) 1-9
ECHxxx Any ECH Early Childhood Education course(s) except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area. 1-9
EEDxxx Any EED Early Education course(s) except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area. 1-9
ITDxxx Any ITD Infant/Toddler Development course(s) 1-9
FCSxxx Any FCS Family and Consumer Science course(s) 1-9

 

General Education Requirements 22-27
General Education Core 12-17
Course # Course Title Credits
First-Year Composition
ENG101
ENG107*
AND
ENG102*
ENG108 *
First-Year Composition Shared Unique Number Number ENG1101 (3) OR
First-Year Composition for ESL (3)
AND
First-Year Composition Shared Unique Number Number ENG1102 (3) OR
First-Year Composition for ESL (3)
6
Oral Communication

Any approved general education course
from the Oral Communication area.
3
Critical Reading
CRE101* College Critical Reading OR
Equivalent by assessment
0-3
Mathematics

Any approved general education course
from the Mathematics area.
3-5
General Education Distribution: 10
Humanities and Fine Arts
Any approved general education course in the Humanities and Fine Arts area.
3
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
CFS/ECH176
EED205
CFS235
Child Development (3) OR

The Developing Child: Prenatal to Age Eight (3) OR
Developing Child: Theory into Practice, Prenatal - Age 8 (3)

3
Natural Sciences
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences area.
4
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Notes

  • The total amount of credits required for this degree is 63-68.
  • Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program
  • * Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites
  • xxx Indicates any module.
  • Minimum GPA: 2.00
  • ** Not all classes are offered every semester. Contact an academic advisor for additional information