The Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education prepares you to work with young children from birth to 5 years of age in a variety of private and public childcare and educational settings. This associate degree program is listed by the Council for Professional Recognition as preparatory training to help you pursue the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™, which is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education.
Knowledge gained in this online associate program can also serve as a springboard to a related baccalaureate degree.
In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:
- Describe the scope and principal theories of early childhood care and education.
- Describe how existing knowledge and practice in early childhood care and education is tested and revised.
- Use appropriate research documents on early childhood care and education, and cite appropriately.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply concepts learned in the classroom to real-life settings.
- Describe his or her own cultural background and how this background has influenced his or her own beliefs and practices in the field of child development and family studies.