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Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) in Early Childhood Administration and Management

Program Details

Rio Salado College offers an Early Childhood Education Program that serves undergraduate students and provides professional development for early childhood practitioners employed in early childhood non-certified settings. The Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) in Early Childhood Administration and Management is an integrated program of study that provides an educational foundation in early childhood education plus administrative and management courses specifically related to the business needs and practices of early childhood directors, owners and other management-level staff.

This program is designed to meet the needs of persons interested in pursuing careers in early childhood education or currently employed in preschools, child care centers, extended day programs, agencies, or other early-childhood care facilities. Students specializing in this area develop the abilities to administer all facets of an early childhood program, along with the knowledge of child development and early childhood education. Personal characteristics for this field are love of children, patience, creativity, and interest in techniques for enhancing interpersonal relationships with children and adults.

The total number of credits required for this degree is 63-65. 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