Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education
Taft College

Program Details

Taft College offers an Associate in Science Degree (A.S.) in Early Childhood Education.  The program requires at least 60 semester credit hours and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.  To be admitted into the program three competency requirements must be fulfilled in Reading, Written Expression and Mathematics.

The coursework includes Required Courses (7 hrs.), the Major Field of Study (18 hrs.), General Education Requirements (18 hrs.) and Electives (18 hrs.).  The required courses are fulfilled taking a Health Education class (Veterans who have completed basic training are exempt), an American History and Institution class (History 17A, 17B or Political Science 1), and an Information Competency credit (completion of INCO 48 or passing an examination for the class).

The Major Field of Study in Early Childhood Education requires that students take 18 credit hours selected from the following courses: ECE Curriculum, Creative Experiences for Children, Planning and Administering an ECE Program, Co-op Education Field Experience, Child in Family/Community Relations, Elementary Nutrition, Movement Activities for Developing Children, Elementary Music, Introduction to  Children’s Literature and Storytelling, Introduction to Infancy Development, Activities for Nutrition in Infants and Toddlers, Infant Massage, Using Infant Cues, Child Health and Safety, Advanced Creative Experience for Children, Advanced Administration- Early Childhood Programs, persity in ECE, Children with Special Needs-Birth-Adolescence, Early Invention and Inclusion, Use of Puppets in Classroom, Indoor/Outdoor Activity Through Dramatic Play, Math for Young Children, Science for Young Children, Family Child Care Management, Problem Solving- Network in Family Child Care, Discipline Techniques for Preschool Children, Discipline Techniques School-Age-Adolescence, Understanding Parenting/Foster Parenting, Child Study and Assessment, Current Topics in Child Development, Adult Supervision: Mentor/Collaboration Learning Setting, School-Age Curriculum/Interpersonal Relations, School-Age Curriculum Before/After School Activities, School-Age Curriculum/Theory, Introduction to Primary Grade Classroom, and Child Growth and Development.

To fulfill the General Education requirements the student must complete three credit hours in each of the following disciplines: Natural Science, Social and Behavioral Science, Humanities, English Composition, and Communication and Analytical Thinking.  Finally, an additional three credit hours must be chosen from any of the above disciplines.

Elective courses must be degree applicable courses to round out the total 60 credit hours for the program.


  • High school transcript or GED
  • College transcripts, if applicable

School Accreditation Statement

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges