Oct 22, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog

Early Childhood Education, AAS

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Major Code: 3102

Program Description

The A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education degree is a 61 credit hour program designed to prepare students for a career in the early childhood field as teachers in early childhood programs, or aids in Pre-K and Head Start Programs. Students will study child growth and development as well as learn to observe young children in order to plan, prepare and implement appropriate curriculum and environments for early childhood programs. Students will have opportunitices to gain practical experience working with children in a variety of settings.

NOTE: Students in this program must pass a background check during the first semester of their program.

Program Goals and Objectives

The A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education will educate and prepare students interesting in working with young children and families in diverse learning environments, or to further their own education as early childhood professionals.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Identify and integrate theory and practice in early childhood programs serving diverse populations of children and their families.
  • Articulate a personal philosophy of Early Childhood Education.
  • Plan, prepare and implement appropriate curriculum for a high quality early childhood program based on a knowledge of child development and best practices.
  • Plan, create and evaluate a learning environment that supports the whole child.
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills, teaching methods and professional conduct while working with young children
  • Identify sources and participate in opportunities available for professional growth.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of all West Virginia Child Care Licensing regulations for center employees.
  • Demonstrate ability to implement West Virginia Early Learning Standards while working with young children.

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