AS in Early Childhood Education
Future educators with the desire to work with kindergarten and pre-kindergarten children could build the fundamental skills needed to begin in this career when they become students of Post University Online's Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education program. Learn more about this online associate's degree program here.
Official Program Name:
Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education
School Offering Program:
Post University Online
Applicants to this Post University's Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education program must:
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Complete at least 16 college preparatory program credits
The curriculum of Post University Online's Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education program is presented through instruction, seminars, and practical experiences and is designed to help students develop teaching styles and strategies they can later apply to educating young children. Course topics include early childhood curriculum development, assessment and instructional tools for exceptional children, historical and current practices in early childhood education, and the health and nutritional needs of young children. Students also learn strategies for introducing young students to math, science, and social studies. A three-part practicum allows students to develop their teaching abilities through seminars and the completion of 100 hours in lesson planning and instruction in a professional setting. Before graduation, students must possess current certification in CPR and First Aid; courses in these subjects are not offered by Post University Online.
Students could be able to qualify for financial aid in the form of grants and loans. Contact Post University Online's Office of Student Finance for more information.
Required Courses for an Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education:
Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Post University Online to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.
General Education Core (30 credits)
- ENG 110: College Writing (3 credits)
- ENG 120: College Writing II (3 credits)
- COM 107: Intro to Communications (3 credits)
- CIS 112: Introduction to Computing (3 credits)
- Students select two electives (6 credits)
- MAT 105: Quantitative Methods OR MAT 120: College Algebra (3 credits)
- Students select 1 elective (3 credits)
- LCS 105: Elements of Organizations (3 credits)
Career and Self-Awareness Courses
- CSS 101: Learning Across the Lifespan (3 credits)
- PSS 301: Work Life and Career Development (3 credits)
Major, Core and Concentrations
- CHS 111: Foundations in ECE (3 credits)
- CHS 199: Practicum I (3 credits)
- PSY 201: Child Development (3 credits)
- CHS 201: Creative Activities OR CHS 252: Social Studies in ECE Classroom (3 credits)
- CHS 203: Children's Literature and Language Arts (3 credits)
- CHS 208: Teaching the Exceptional Child (3 credits)
- CHS 250: Math, Science, and Technology in the ECE Classroom (3 credits)
- CHS 254: Health, Safety, and Nutrition (3 credits)
- CHS 298: Practicum II (3 credits)
- CHS 299: Practicum III (3 credits)
Post Graduation Opportunities
Furthering Your Education:
Graduates of Post University Online's Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education program could further develop their skills and knowledge of teaching practices and strategies by enrolling in a bachelor's degree program. A four-year degree might be required for those seeking career advancement in this field.
Bachelor's degree options for graduates include but are not limited to:
- Bachelor of Science in Education
- Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
- Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education
Following completion of Post University Online's Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education program and any specific state licensure or certification requirements, graduates could pursue teaching jobs in educational settings providing programs for children under eight years of age. They could work in daycare centers, preschools, or public or private elementary schools.
Positions that graduates could be able to pursue include:
- Preschool Teacher
- Kindergarten Teacher
- Teacher's Assistant