Early Childhood Education

The Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education provides education and training for persons employed or entering the child care profession who will be working with infants through preschool children. The Associate of Applied Science degree, Technical Certificates, and Certificates of Proficiency are designed for employment purposes, and it should not be assumed that the degree or the courses in these programs can be transferred to another institution. While some institutions do accept some courses in A.A.S. programs, the general rule is that courses in A.A.S. degrees are not accepted in transfer toward bachelor's degrees unless that degree has been articulated with that specific institution. Students to whom transfer is important should get assurances in writing in advance from the institution to which they wish to transfer.

Early Childhood Education Curriculum
1st Year - 1st Semester Credit Hours  
ECDE 1113 Intro to Early Childhood Development 3
ECDE 1123 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
DATA 1123 Fundamentals of Information Technology 3
ACTS Equivalent Course Number = CPSI 1003
ENGL 1113 Composition I 3
ACTS Equivalent Course Number = ENGL 1013
SOCI 1113 Introduction to Sociology 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 15
1st Year - 2nd Semester Credit Hours  
ECDE 1213 Curriculum and Materials 3
ECDE 2243 Parenting* 3
ECDE 1223 Early Childhood Practicum I ** 3
ECDE 1233 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
PSYC 1113 General Psychology 3
ACTS Equivalent Course Number = PSYC 1103
ENGL 1213 Composition II 3
ACTS Equivalent Course Number = ENGL 1023
Total Semester Credit Hours 15
2nd Year - 1st Semester Credit Hours  
ECDE 2113 Language Arts for Children 3
ENGL 2213 World Literature I* 3
ACTS Equivalent Course Number = ENGL 2113
ECDE 2123 Early Childhood Practicum II 3
HIST 1113 Civilization through 16th Century 3
ACTS Equivalent Course Number = HIST 1213
BIOL 2123 Environmental Science OR Earth Science 3/4
PSYC 2123 Developmental Psychology 3
ACTS Equivalent Course Number = PSYC 2103
4 Hour Physics, Chemistry, or Astronomy* 4
SOCI 2133 Cultural Diversity 3
COMM 2113 Oral Communication* 3
ACTS Equivalent Course Number = SPCH 1003
Total Semester Credit Hours 18/19
2nd Year- 2nd Semester Credit Hours  
ECDE 2213 Special Education in the Preschool 3
BIOL 1124 Introduction to Biology* 3
ACTS Equivalent Course Number = BIOL 1004
ECDE 2223 Art and Music for Preschool Children 3
HIST 2113 US History thru 1865 or  
ACTS Equivalent Course Number = HIST 2113
HIST 2123 US History since 1865* 3
ACTS Equivalent Course Number = HIST 2123
ECDE 2233 Infants and Toddlers 3
PHIL 2113 Introduction to Philosophy* 3
ACTS Equivalent Course Number = PHIL 1103
SOCI 2123 Social Problems 3
ACTS Equivalent Course Number = SOCI 2013
MATH 1123 Business Math 3
ACTS Equivalent Course Number = MATH 1223
MATH 1143 College Algebra* 3
ACTS Equivalent Course Number = MATH 1103
Total Semester Credit Hours 15
COMPLETION AWARD: Associate of Applied Science 63-64

*These classes are to be taken instead of the class immediately above it if the student desires to transfer to HSU to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Family Consumer Science with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education.
**Students enrolled in this class and competing for the CDA credential must be working in a child development setting due to OJT hours required for the credential.
***Students may take an additional course at the College which will transfer to HSU. This course is PHYS 1221 Life Fitness. The class is not listed above as there is no course in the present College degree plan in which it can be substituted.