Early Childhood Education

A.A.S. Certification

Program Information

Career Community: Education
Degree Type: A.A.S.
Program Location: Main Campus

What is an A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education?

EXPECTED HOURS FOR A.A.S. CERTIFICATION DEGREE: 61

An Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Early Childhood Education is a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited two-year-degree program that guides students who plan to work with children ages birth to third grade, in or out of the classroom, and their families. This degree articulates with area colleges and universities for students that desire to seek a bachelor’s degree or higher.

What is an Early Childhood Technical Certificate?

The Early Childhood Technical Certificate is embedded in the two-year degree and enables the student to obtain developmentally appropriate educational coursework that prepares them to work successfully with young children.

Program Assessment Data

The A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education at Cleveland State Community College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1313 L Street, NW, #500, Washington, DC 20005. (202) 232-8777. The accreditation runs from March 2015 through 2022.

Early Childhood Education

Program Outcomes

The Early Childhood Education Program supports the professional development of the student through a comprehensive curriculum offering the student both the theoretical and practical experiences concerning young children and families.

  • Students using their understanding of young children’s characteristics and needs, and the multiple influences on developmental learning will be able to create appropriate learning environments for children birth through age 8.

  • Students will be able to develop strategies that promote appropriate partnerships between students, teachers, families, and their diverse communities.

  • Students will be able to conduct themselves as early childhood professionals.

  • Students will be able to choose developmentally effective approaches/strategies to connect with young children.

  • Students will be able to use content knowledge to create, implement, and evaluate a challenging curriculum that is developmentally appropriate to young children’s characteristics and needs.

  • Students will be able to create appropriate goals, curriculum, teaching strategies, and assessment plans based on observable student learning outcomes.

What Are My Options to Pay for This Degree?

Apply for financial aid at www.FAFSA.gov. A student is encouraged to apply early for financial aid and must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the FAFSA Renewal Application as soon as possible after October 1 to ensure that the Financial Aid Office receives the Institutional Student Information Record and other documents prior to the priority deadline. July 1st is the priority deadline for applying for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

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Classes You Might Take

Early Childhood Education A.A.S. Certification

  • GEN 1010 – First Year Seminar (3 credits)
  • ECED 1310 – Introduction to Early Childhood (3 credits)
  • ECED 2310 – Safe/Healthy Environments (3 credits)
  • ENGL 1010 – English Composition I (3 credits)
  • ECED 2335 – Initial Practicum (3 credits)
  • ECED 2315 – Early Childhood Curriculum (3 credits)
  • ECED 2340 – Family Dynamics (3 credits)
  • MATH 1130, MATH 1410 or MATH 1530 (College Algebra, Number Concepts for Teachers or Intro to Statistics) (3 credits)
  • ECED 2320 – Infant/Toddler Child Development (3 credits)
  • COMM 2025 – Fundamentals of Communication (3 credits)
  • ECED 2360 – Exceptional Child (3 credits)
  • ECED 2385 – Early Childhood Math/Science (3 credits)
  • ASTR 1020 or BIOL 1010 (Stars + Galaxies Astronomy or Introduction to Biology) (4 credits)
  • ART 2000 or MUS 1030 (Art History Survey I or Introduction to Music) (3 credits)
  • ENGL 2510 or EDU 1100 (Children’s Literature or Technology for Teachers) (3 credits)
  • ECED 2380 – Language and Literacy (3 credits)
  • ECED 2370 – Developmental Assessment (3 credits)
  • ECED 2365 – Final Practicum (3 credits)
  • ECED 2390 or EDU 2000 (Creative Development or Introduction to the Teaching Profession) (3 credits)
  • PSYC 1030 – Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

Accreditation

The A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education at Cleveland State Community College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1313 L Street, NW, #500, Washington, DC 20005. (202) 232-8777. The accreditation runs from March 2015 through 2022.

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