The Associate of Science in Care and Development of Young Children prepares students for employment in the early childhood education field. They also have the option to transfer to a senior college to complete a baccalaureate degree. The degree includes core courses, a sequence of professional courses, and a supervised practicum.

The goal of the program is to prepare knowledgeable and competent professionals who possess and demonstrate an understanding of developmentally appropriate teaching and learning, of childhood development, of curriculum development and implementation, of the role of the family and community in children’s development, and of assessment.

About the Associate of Science in Care and Development of Young Children

Through your coursework, you will:

  • Earn an Associate of Science degree that can stand on its own or serve as preparatory education for transfer to a related baccalaureate program
  • Gain an understanding of psychological development of young children
  • Begin and complete a post-secondary education through online and hybrid degree courses, accelerated learning formats, and prior learning assessments

Graduates can find jobs in:

  • Government and Religious services
  • Elementary schools
  • Day care services


Degree Requirements

  • English Composition (6 hours)
  • Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning (6 hours)
  • Natural Sciences (6 hours)
  • Humanities (3 hours)
  • Social/Behavioral Science (3 hours)
  • Fine Arts (3 hours)



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Liberal Arts

Manuel Hall 147




The courses and degree are available both in-person and hybrid formats. 


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