Early Childhood A.A.S.

The Early Childhood A.A.S. program’s role is to guide individuals in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to foster the development and constructive education of young children. The program strives to model and promote high quality early childhood education in the community.

The Early Childhood program enables graduates to:

  • Demonstrate the proficiency, knowledge, and skills necessary to promote healthy development of young children;
  • Demonstrate the proficiency of knowledge and skills necessary to provide an appropriate education for young children ages birth to 8 years;
  • Be responsive and supportive to those community agencies serving young children and their families, and
  • Demonstrate professionalism in the area of Early Childhood Education.

Graduates of the program are qualified to work with children ages birth to 8 years old in a number of environments including preschools, nursery schools, daycare, public schools, early intervention agencies or Head Start. The hand-on approach to the curriculum requires students to participate in 300 hours of supervised internships in area schools and/or agencies. In addition, students interact regularly with the children in the Gateway Montessori Preschool, an on-site lab school.

As of Jan. 1, 2010, all students enrolled in ECH 131 Early Childhood Field Instruction and Seminar I and ECH 231 Field Instruction and Seminar II will need to supply the following before entering the field:
  • A notarized Criminal Conviction Statement OR
  • A signed “I Will” statement to uphold the NAEYC Code of Ethics and SCCC Early Childhood Professional Behaviors OR
  • Medical evidence of their ability to work with children and a negative TB result.

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