Associate in Early Childhood Education
Upon successful completion of all early childhood education program requirements, graduates will be able to:
- Create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments using knowledge of children’s unique characteristics and needs and the multiple factors that influence their early development and learning.
- Build effective relationships with families and children using their knowledge of family systems, culture, and community.
- Propose and support positive outcomes for each child based on the use of observation as a teaching strategy and the application of appropriate assessment tools.
- Implement a broad range of developmentally appropriate teaching and learning strategies that consider children’s unique characteristics and needs and are research-based, culturally sensitive, and respectful of families.
- Plan and implement meaningful and challenging curriculum that supports what young children should know and be able to do in each domain of learning as outlined in early learning and development standards.
- Apply the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct to their work with children, families, and other early childhood professionals.
- Advocate on behalf of young children and their families.
- Communicate effectively and professionally, both orally and through writing.
Additionally, graduates of the Associate in Science will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes of the General Education core requirements.