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Early Childhood Education (AS)

Program Details

Allen County Community College offers an Associate of Science degree in Social Sciences with a specialization in Early Childhood Development for students who wish to be educators at the early childhood level. Students will learn about social sciences, and the psychological and social development of children from young ages to adolescence, learning to help them advance as students and as people as their minds develop. Students will learn about the best practices for educating children, and will also learn about their responsibilities and roles in the classroom.

Students will develop their understanding of the psychological needs of children as they develop, in addition to learning the practices of teaching young children. Those classes include English composition, general psychology, principles of biology, early childhood growth and development, college algebra, developmental psychology, sociology, microeconomics, public speaking, marriage and family, principles of early childhood education, fitness and nutrition, observing and interacting with young children, observation and participation, and elementary statistics.

Students completing the program will have demonstrated the necessary educational and professional qualifications for entry into early childhood education and licensure as an early childhood educator. These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to deepen their knowledge of child development and learning and study effective programs and practices in the early childhood field; to critically examine issues, trends, and current research in the early childhood field; to understand foundational theories of research and practice related to the early childhood field; to reflect on their own values, beliefs, and biases and use this understanding to improve their work with children, families, and organizations, and to broaden their knowledge of issues related to equity and inclusion and learn to address inequities and advocate for children and families.

Requirements

High school transcript or proof of GED completion and scores. Official transcripts from previous universities and colleges (if applicable). SAT/ACT scores - COMPASS/ASSET test administered to students not submitting SAT/ACT scores.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission