The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program in Early Childhood Education provides early childhood education theory and practice for students who intend to work as a teacher or teacher assistant in a public or private pre-school program, child-care center, home-based providers or nursery school. Graduates can also work as teacher aides or activities supervisors.
Graduates of this program will:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles of early childhood development.
- Understand that successful early childhood education depends upon partnerships with children’s families and communities.
- Learn to observe, document, and assess young children and families.
- Understand, and use developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools.
- Be prepared for an entry-level professional early child-care teacher or provider.
Requirements Credit Hours
General Education Requirements 20
ENG 160 Composition I (4)
ENG 162 Composition II (4)
BIO 102 Intro to Human Biology (4)
PSY 101 General Psychology (4)
PSY 210 Child Psychology (4)
Major Requirements 36
ECE 101 Introduction to Early
Childhood Education (4)
ECE 212 Art and Music Activities (4)
ECE 221 The Exceptional Child (4)
ECE 225 Language Acquisition & Arts (4)
ECE 226 Observation & Guidance
for the Young Child (4)
ECE 228 Child, Family &Community (4)
ECE 232 Early Childhood Practicum (4)
and two of the following courses:
*ECE 210 Math & Science Activities (4)
for the Young Child
ECE 215 Infant, Toddlers, & Caregivers (4)
*ECE 220 Health & Nutrition (4)
ECE 223 Family Child Care Admin. (4)
ECE 224 Principles and Practices of
Early Childhood Education (4)
Other Requirements 8
MAT 101 Elementary Math or Higher (4)
ADM 101 Keyboarding & Document Formatting (4)
Total Credit Hours 64
Gateways to Opportunity
Family Child Care Credential Entitlement
St. Augustine College is an entitled institution through Gateways to Opportunity for ECE Credential and Infant/Toddler Credential at levels 2-4. Also, St. Augustine College is part of the Gateways to Opportunity Family Child Care Credential Pilot. As an entitled institution, St. Augustine College has aligned its courses with specific credential benchmarks. A student who graduates from this entitled institution not only has a degree, but also a credential that is recognized by the state of Illinois.