The Early Childhood Education associate degree program provides students with a foundation in childhood theory and how it’s applied in educational and childcare settings. Students will gain an understanding of early childhood theory and how it can be applied with children from infancy through middle childhood.
Graduates of the degree program will have the ability to work at childcare centers, Head Start programs, child development programs, early intervention programs and public education classrooms. Students will develop the ability to plan, implement and asses learning experiences, guide behavior and communicate and collaborate with families and colleagues to form a safe and happy learning environment for children.
The curriculum follows a path aligned to NAEYC standards and the CDA Credential.
The courses in the Early Childhood Education associate degree fulfill the 120-hour educational requirement for the National Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential awarded through the Council for Professional Recognition. As the most widely recognized credential in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) field, students are encouraged to apply for the CDA upon completion.
The Council for Professional Recognition has specific requirements for the CDA credentialing process in addition to the formal education components included in this program.
A career in the Early Childhood Education field may involve meeting certain licensing, training and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. Bryant & Stratton College recommends that you check with the licensing agency in your state for specific requirements. The Early Childhood Care and Development diploma involves early childhood practice experiences that may be completed within a live childcare environment. A background check may be required prior to participation as well as for employment within the Early Childhood Education field.
Students in the Early Childhood Education associate degree program establish a foundation in the following areas:
The Early Childhood Education associate program is also offered by Bryant & Stratton College Online. The online Early Childhood Education program follows the same outcomes and curriculum as the campus-based program with the added flexibility and convenience of an online program. Online students can expect the same personal touch and support as provided by our campus faculty and staff.
Credits earned in online classes at Bryant & Stratton College are the same as those credits earned in campus-based programs at Bryant & Stratton College.