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Early Childhood A.S. Degree

  • AS iconAs an early childhood professional, you play a vital role in the life of a child. From providing a safe learning environment to helping children grow socially, emotionally and educationally, you learn the special skills needed to work with young children.

    High school students can get a head start by earning credit for early childhood education classes. You can also earn credit if you are certified as a Child Development Associate.

    With this A.S. degree, you also earn one of the following Early Childhood certificates:

    Continuing your education

    AS to AA to BS path 

    After you complete this 63-credit A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education, you have the option to complete the credits needed to earn an A.A. degree and then transfer to SPC’s Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Studies Preschool track.

    NOTE:The Early Childhood A.S. degree does not lead to a teaching certificate.
     
     

    Contact

    Anne Ryan
    727-791-2776
    ryan.anne@spcollege.edu  

  • Careers

    With this degree, you will be prepared to work in caregiving and educational roles in programs for infants, toddlers, and young children. Employment opportunities exist in preschools, VPK classrooms, Head Start centers, before- and after-school care, early intervention programs, early childhood care and education agencies and in-home family child care. Employment of pre-school teachers is expected to grow 25%, faster than average, through 2020 as demand and the population of this age group increase.

    This job prepares you for work as a:

    Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • With this degree, you will learn:

    • Early childhood growth, development and education
    • Observation and assessment techniques
    • Developmentally appropriate cognitive and creative activities
    • How to establish and maintain a safe, clean, healthy, learning environment
    • Guidance techniques and classroom management; communication
    • How to identify child abuse and neglect
    • Legal, ethical and professional responsibilities
    • Family interactions
  • Early Childhood Education
    Associate in Science

    CHDEV-AS

    Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2016 (520)

    The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2016 (520), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



    Program Leadership Information

    Anne Ryan, Lead Instructor, 727-791-2776
    Kimberly Hartman, Dean, 727-712-5890

    Program Summary

    This program's curriculum provides a general education as well as courses in the specialized areas of early childhood education. The goal of this program is to prepare successful students for careers in the Early Childhood arena. The general college admissions policy applies to all students entering the Early Childhood Education Program.

    The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
    o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
    o suggested course when more than one option exists
    o which semester each course is typically offered
    o if the course has a prerequisite
    o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

    If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

    If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

    Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

    Job Related Opportunities

    • VPK classrooms, Head Start Centers, Early Childhood Care and Education Agencies

    Graduation Rules

    Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Composition

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.3

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Literature

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition II/Literature coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 36 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.3

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Speech

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Humanities and Fine Arts

    Complete 6 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.6

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Mathematics

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Ethics

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Natural Sciences

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Natural Sciences coursework. Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Natural Sciences requirement for this AS degree.3

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Computer/Information Literacy Competency

    Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Enhanced World View

    Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

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    SUPPORT COURSES
    American Government (Complete 3 credits)

    Completion of this requirement satisfies 3 credits of the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement for this AS degree.
    POS 2041American National Government3
    POS 2041HHonors American National Government3

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    Complete 24 credits

    EEC 1223Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood3
    EEC 1308Early Childhood Planning and Management3
    EEC 1600Guiding the Young Child3
    EEC 1603Early Childhood Development3
    EEC 2271Introduction to Working with Young Children with Special Needs3
    EEC 2300Developing Cognitive Activities for Young Children(Math, Lnge Arts, Science, Social Studies, Health)3
    EEC 2312Developing Creative Activities for Young Children3
    aEEC 2907Early Childhood Education Internship3

    MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES
    Select 6 credits

    EDF 1005Introduction to Education3
    EDF 2085Diverse Populations3
    EDG 1319Professional Techniques for Child Development1
    EEC 1512Caring for Infants and Toddlers3
    EEC 2002Foundations of Chld Care and Educational Administration3
    EEC 2523Leadership and Management of Child Care Programs3
    LAE 2000Language and Literacy Development in Young Children3

    a This course must be taken during the student's last term.

    Total Credits63