Associate of Science in Early Childhood Development Overview

The Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development provides students with the education and background to pursue a career as a preschool teacher or teacher’s assistant. The program provides basic knowledge and an understanding of the education system and how to create and execute lessons that are age and learning-objective appropriate. The program is designed to help students begin a career in education and can serve as a base if students wish to transition into a bachelor’s program.

Associate in Early Childhood Development Learning Goals

Graduates of the Associate of Science in Early Childhood Development are able to:

  • Plan and implement developmentally appropriate lessons according to the state’s standards.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior in the classroom and in the field.
  • Use knowledge of child development to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children.
  • Develop and implement strategies to support and engage families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
  • Practice responsible assessment to promote positive outcomes for each child, including an awareness of assistive technology for children with ability differences.

What You Will Learn

Upon completing the Associate in Early Childhood Development degree, students will have obtained a substantial knowledge base provided through the combination of basic theory education courses and specific application courses. This will create a well-rounded perspective and practical toolkit of effective methods and techniques and prepare the student for continuing their education if they choose to advance their degree.

Core Courses & Requirements

General Education Requirements

  • COMP 110 Computer and Office Applications
  • ENGL 101 English Composition I
  • ENGL 102 English Composition II
  • GNED 112 Student Success Strategies
  • MATH 106 College Mathematics
  • MATH 110 College Algebra

Core Courses

  • ECD 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Development
  • ECD 102 Growth and Development I
  • ECD 202 Growth and Development II
  • ECD 105 Guidance and Classroom Management
  • ECD 110 Family and Community Relations
  • ECD 125 Health, Safety and Nutrition

Core Courses (cont.)

  • ECD 130 Creative Experiences
  • ECD 135 Language Arts Concepts
  • ECD 137 Science and Math Concepts
  • ECD 202 Movement and Music for Children
  • ECD 210 Principles of Ethics and Leadership in Early Childhood Education
  • ECD 220 Methods and Materials
  • ECD 240 Supervised Field Experience for Infants and Toddlers

Accounting Career Opportunities

Accounting careers continue to show very strong growth and opportunities in the future. Accounting positions are ranked #3 of best business jobs by U. S. News and World Report. With an Associate’s Degree in accounting from University of the Potomac, you will be able to assist in auditing and tax preparation.

Accounting positions are ranked #3  of best business jobs by U. S. News and World Report.  With an Associate’s Degree in accounting from University of the Potomac, you will be able to assist in auditing and tax preparation. This program enables students to experience the necessary education required to analyze transactions, prepare journal entries and manage a company’s payroll or books. Students graduating from this program will have the skills for entry level positions in accounting like accounts receivable clerk, accounting assistant, bookkeeper, auditing clerk, payroll clerk and more.

Bookkeepers, accountants and auditing clerks are an organization’s financial record keepers. Their duties are imperative to the survival of a business, no matter how large or small. They may update and maintain one or more accounting records.

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They also tabulate expenditures, receipts, accounts payable and receivable and track profit and loss. They represent a wide range of skills and knowledge, from full-charge bookkeepers who can maintain an entire company’s financial records to accounting clerks who handle specific, individual business accounts.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks held more than 2 million jobs in 2004 and are found in all industries and at all levels of government. Local government and the accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services industry are among the individual industries employing the largest numbers of these clerks.

Ready To Apply? Great! Here's What You Need To Do:

  • Complete an admissions interview conducted in person or via online methods.
  • Sign and submit an attestation of high school (or equivalent) completion.
  • Equivalencies include a GED Certificate. Home schooled students must present a diploma that meets the requirements of the state in which it was issued. (Students with non-US credentials please see International Student Admissions Requirements below).
  • Submit a completed application
  • Arrange for official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended to be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration, University of the Potomac.
  • Submit grade reports or scores from any recognized college equivalency examinations (e.g., CLEP, DANTES, and Advanced Placement).
  • Submit certificates from any corporate education training or professional development programs. (Note: An ACE evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for corporate educational training.)
  • Submit military training documents. (Note: An ACE military evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for military training.)
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