Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development
(Currently Not Accepting Enrollments)
Description and Outcomes
The Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development program is designed to provide you with the introductory knowledge and skills to work with young children (birth through age 8) and families in early childhood settings. Specific emphasis is placed on the young child's growth and development, working with children in the inclusive classroom, health and nutrition needs, and lesson planning and implementation.
The program's curriculum links applied theory to practice, ethics, and professionalism, and provides a foundation in critical thinking and communication skills to support the roles and responsibilities of early childcare professionals in diverse learning environments.
The Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development program consists of a minimum of 90 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded an associate of applied science degree.
- Knowledge Base: Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of child development and learning theory in early childhood settings.
- Child, Family, and Community Relationships: Demonstrate an understanding of the development and implementation of strategies for building family and community relationships.
- Observation and Assessment: Identify developmentally appropriate observational and assessment techniques for informing instructional planning for children and their families.
- Learning Environments: Demonstrate the ability to use developmentally appropriate principles, tools, and practices to create effective learning environments for young children.
- Ethics and Professionalism: Demonstrate use of professional standards, ethical values, critical inquiry, and advocacy practices of the early childhood field.
- Individuality and Cultural Diversity: Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of individuality and cultural diversity of children and their families to learning and development.
General Education Literacies and Professional Competencies
In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, general education literacies and professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the general education literacies and professional competencies associated with your academic program in the undergraduate School of General Education section of this Catalog.
Please be advised that this program is NOT accredited in Kentucky by the Education Professional Standards Board and is NOT recognized for initial, additional, or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for P-12 educators in Kentucky. For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board’s website at www.epsb.ky.gov.
|CM107||College Composition I||5|
|CM220||College Composition II||5|
|Mathematics (select one of the following):||5|
|Survey of Mathematics|
|Total Core Requirements||15|
|CE100||Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development||5|
|CE101||Introduction to Early Childhood Education||5|
|CE114||Early Childhood Development||5|
|CE215||Early Childhood Curriculum Planning||5|
|CE220||Child Safety, Nutrition, and Health||5|
|CE230||Creative Activities for Young Children||5|
|CE240||Young Children With Special Needs||5|
|PS124||Introduction to Psychology||5|
|CE299||Associate's Capstone for Early Childhood Development||5|
|Total Major Requirements||50|
|Open Elective Requirements|
|Total Open Elective Requirements||25|