Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education​

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Reach your career goals with an early childhood education degree

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.

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Early Childhood Education Degree Overview

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.

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Early Childhood Education Courses & Curriculum

The Associate of Science in Early Childhood Development program consists of 20 courses for 60 academic credits. All courses are three credits.

18 credits

  • 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

42 credits

  • 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
  • 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
  • ECD 355 Understanding Behavior and Family Dynamics

Early Childhood Education Requirements & Outcomes

The objective of the AS in Early Childhood Development is to provide the opportunity for graduates to establish a firm understanding of early childhood educational development and behavior while evaluating associated methods and interventions such as differentiated learning and direct instruction.

  • 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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Early Childhood Development Jobs & Opportunities

Child care provider

Child care providers direct and support early childhood education facilities like day cares, preschools and other child care centers.

Early childhood teacher

Early childhood teachers are primarily responsible for planning lessons, instructing students and evaluating academic achievement.

Child care director

A child care director is the professional who oversees and manages all operations within a child care facility.

Preschool manager

Preschool managers take on similar job duties to child care directors, where they work more within the administrative areas of early childhood education.

Preschool teacher

Preschool teachers plan, implement and assess learning activities and student outcomes for children who are three and four years old.

Preschool director

Preschool directors perform similar tasks to child care directors, but they primarily work with students of preschool ages.

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A.S. in Early Childhood Development Frequently Asked Questions

An Associate in Early Childhood Development is a two-year undergraduate degree program that UOTP offers. During your time at UOTP, you will learn about the traits, fundamental abilities, and knowledge required of early childhood development professionals to provide high-quality programming for young children.

Whether you choose to study full-time or part-time, on-campus or online, earning an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development will typically take you two years to complete.

UOTP aims to provide qualitative education at an affordable price. So we can assure you that it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to get your degree. You can have a clearer idea of how much you will be spending on your Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development by calculating your school cost. Not to forget that UOTP offers financial aid, scholarships, and other financial resources to keep your education affordable.

Preschool instructors and childcare workers are common jobs for those that hold an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education graduates. However, you can apply your managerial abilities and knowledge of child development to other jobs, such as camp counselors and event coordinator

Yes, you can. The University of the Potomac allows you to choose whether you want to enroll in an on-campus or online program. It is entirely up to you to choose how you want to get your degree.

It all starts with you deciding to get an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development. After you make sure that you meet the UOTP admission requirements, you check the application deadline and start with the application procedures. Not to forget that you can always contact an admission officer to help you with the whole process.

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