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Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Early Learning and Development

Program Details

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Early Learning and Development program is designed to prepare individuals to enter the workforce as Early Childhood Professionals and to assist individuals employed in the field to upgrade and expand their skills. The program emphasizes the roles of early care and education professionals, families and the wider society as they together meet the contemporary needs of young children.

Coursework includes the principles of developmental science, professionalism in early childhood work, philosophies and methods of early learning, and the impact of standards on practice. To apply planning, management and evaluation skills, students will observe, participate, and intern in state licensed early childhood programs.

Settings, employers, and professional responsibilities vary widely in contemporary early care and education. Responsibilities include providing direct service to children and their families in home and group licensed settings as well as communication and collaboration with other professionals and agencies. In addition, the early childhood field offers opportunities for self employment, and opportunity to continue into a variety of programs at other academic institutions.

The total number of credits required for this degree is 63-68. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

Accreditation & Licensing

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