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Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education

Program Details

Liberty University has designed the Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education degree program to suit the busy lifestyles of working professional students in an online format. Students with a desire to gain further insight into the foundational principles of education should learn the necessary skills to enter an education program. The A.A. in Early Childhood Education aims to equip students with a firm understanding of early educational development and behavior to advance in career aspirations.  

As a student of The School of Education, a focused curriculum will cover the current trends practiced in private and public schools, while emphasizing a solid foundation in theories and methodology of a Christian based commitment. Students will assist fellow educators in the arenas of Christian schools, churches and home schooling. Liberty University's Associates of Arts in Early Childhood Education degree serves as the solid foundation for successful students to gain a higher education by preparing for the Bachelor of Science in Education.

The Liberty University School of Education provides quality Christian education based on the principles of God’s Word. The School, by virtue, is committed to strengthening an individual’s mind, body and soul while educating the person as God created. The School of Education offers many residential and online programs to prepare students for careers in teaching, school administration, and other programs. The University recognizes prior learning and experiences as academic credit toward the online degree. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is only applicable to undergraduate degree programs and students should be aware that before applying for PLA, credits deemed acceptable will be viewed only as transfer credit and will not be accepted as credit taken through Liberty University. The awarding of credits and the determination of applicability of those credits to degree completion requirements can only be made after official review by a Prior Learning Assessor.

The credentials accepted for transfer include: Child Development Associate (CDA); Christian Child Development Education (CCDE), CDEA; and The Preschool Associate Credential (PAC), ACSI.

Liberty University awards credit for the following providers who have received college credit recommendations from the American Council on Education: American Montessori Society, California College of Health Sciences, National Child Care Association - National Administrator Credential, and Starting Points for Children.

The 60 credit hour degree program is comprised of 39 general education courses covering topics in sciences, math, English, humanities, communications and the arts. The remaining 21 credit hours culminate the core education curriculum by delving into early childhood learning centers, churches, pre-schools, tutoring and homeschooling topics.  No practicum is required for the Associate degree program.

Accreditation & Licensing

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This is the regional accrediting body for southern states.

The Education program at Liberty is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


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