Program Overview

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.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

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

    School Overview

    Rio Salado College is a community college located in Tempe, Arizona that was originally founded in 1967 as one of the 10 Maricopa County community colleges. Since 1996, the school has offered online classes and, starting in 2006, a majority of the courses have been transferred online. The school is recognized as a leader in Higher Education with specialization in distance learning and online education. Part of the mission of Rio Salado is to aim to transform the experience of learning through offering students choice, access, and flexibility; customized high quality learning designs; and personalized services and organizational responsiveness.

    RSC offers online programs, certificates, academic certificates, and associate's degrees. Online education is one of the most prominent academic programs at the college. 


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