2020-2021 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Aug 11, 2022  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Development (A.A.S.)

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A.A.S. Degree: 63 Hours

One of the fastest growing industries in the United States is the child care field. Children's participation rates in early childhood programs continue to increase but national shortages in quality early childhood care givers and programs are a growing concern. The quality of children's care significantly contributes to children's school readiness and an educated staff is the link between quality programs and positive outcomes for children and families. The increasing need for educated care providers can lead to a rewarding and challenging career in preschools, childcare centers, Head Start centers, religious programs, child development centers, public and private schools, and recreational centers.

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Development is a two-year program. 

Important to Note When Considering This Program: Students must register with the Family Childcare Safety Registry (FCSR).  Students will need to successfully pass the background screening prior to beginning any practicum experience.  Additionally, verification of a TB test or TB Risk Assessment must be signed by medical personnel and submitted.

General Education Requirements - 15 Credit Hours

The Missouri Department of Higher Education has identified a common set of general education courses that have been adopted statewide. These courses are called the "CORE 42."  CORE 42 courses are guaranteed to transfer to any Missouri public college or university to satisfy general education requirements.

Courses in knowledge areas below, designated with the CORE 42 logo indicates courses in that area have been evaluated and provided a MOTR number for transfer to all Missouri public institutions of higher education.

Courses that do not have this designation may still transfer to public and private colleges and universities in Missouri and elsewhere, but students are encouraged to check the transfer equivalency website of the institution to which they plan to transfer to confirm.

Please refer to the MDHE Core Transfer Curriculum for detailed information on CORE 42 courses.

Written Communications - 3 Credit Hours

Oral Communications - 3 Credit Hours

Social and Behavioral Sciences - 3 Credit Hours

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