Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Care & Education
American Public University System

Program Details

The AA in Early Childhood Care and Education prepares students to work with young children from birth to 5 years of age in a variety of private and public childcare and educational settings. Graduates possess the knowledge and skills needed to:

  • Describe the scope and principal theories of early childhood care and education
  • Describe how existing knowledge and practice in early childhood care and education is tested and revised
  • Use appropriate research documents on early childhood care and education, and cite appropriately
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply concepts learned in the classroom to real-life settings
  • Describe his or her own cultural background and how this background has influenced his or her own beliefs and practices in the field of child development and family studies


  • Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent
  • College Readiness Assessment (waived for students with 9 or more college credits)
  • Official transcripts

School Accreditation Statement

Higher Learning Commission