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

Program Details

Work with children from newborn to age 5 with an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Care and Education. Graduates can find employment in a variety of private and public educational and childcare settings.

Students will take a look at their own cultural background and examine how it may influence their beliefs and practices related to child development and family studies. Courses in this online Early Childhood Education degree program explore theories, research, and concepts of Early Childhood Care and Education and how to apply them to real world situations. The curriculum prepares students to pursue Child Development Associate (CDA) certification from the Early Childhood Education Training Institute and Council for Professional Recognition. 

Classes include studies of topics such as:

  • Observation techniques
  • Infant and toddler programs
  • The American family
  • Special needs students
  • Parenting


  • 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