Early Childhood Development (AAS)
Lewis-Clark State College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development for students who wish to be educators at the early childhood level, which is from before Pre-K to third grade. Students will learn about the psychological and social development of children from young ages to adolescence, learning to help them develop as students and as people as their minds develop. Students will learn about the best practices for educating children and will learn about their responsibilities and roles in the classroom as they help children learn and develop.
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 business computer skills, safe and healthy environments, the exceptional child, learning environment, physical development, families, curriculum development and program management, professionalism in childcare, cognitive development, communication, and self-concept development, among others.
Upon completing the program, students will have developed the necessary educational background for future studies in early childhood education. These skills include the ability to deepen your 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 your own values, beliefs, and biases and use this understanding to improve your work with children, families, and organizations, and to broaden your knowledge of issues related to equity and inclusion and learn to address inequities and advocate for children and families.
Delivery Format:100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
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