Award: Associate of Applied Sciences Degree
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Kimberly Bell, 443-412-2648,; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

This program prepares students for employment in the child care industry in a management/leadership position. Students will have the opportunity to specialize in teaching or in site management of a child care center. There are two required field placement experiences (135 hours each) in teaching in a child care program/school and site management of a child care center.

Students with significant work or volunteer experience in the field may be eligible to earn up to 12 credits by taking challenge exams and up to 12 credits through a portfolio assessment process (including up to 6 credits through independent studies). Students interested in pursuing credit for life experience should contact Kimberly Bell.

Upon completion of the Early Childhood AAS Degree Program, students will be able to
  1. Demonstrate professional teaching behavior including effective communication.
  2. Design and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum and instruction for a variety of students.
  3. Identify developmental stages, influences on growth and development, and theories of learning.
  4. Make decisions in accordance with legal and ethical standards.
  5. Perform management tasks necessary to direct a child care center.
  6. Summarize past and present practices pertaining to the care and education of young children.
  7. Support children in learning appropriate behavior.

(Choose two courses)
 EDUC 110Infant and Toddler Curriculum 3
 EDUC 113Introduction to Early Childhood Education **3
 EDUC 191Independent Study: Education 1
 EDUC 192 
 EDUC 193 
 EDUC 194 
 EDUC 207Processes and Acquisition of Reading 3
 EDUC 210Children with Behavioral Challenges 3
 EDUC 219Everyday Classroom Assessment 3
 EDUC 220Teaching Methods for Differentiating Instruction/Elementary 3
 EDUC 215School-Age Child Care 3
 PSY 207Educational Psychology 3
 SOC 101Introduction to Sociology 3
 SOC 201Marriage and the Family 3

The intent of the AAS degree in Early Childhood Education is to prepare people for employment in the child care industry, potentially in a management/leadership position. According to the Department of Human Resources, expansion of the child care industry in Harford County is anticipated in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors.


Recommended Course Sequence

First SemesterCredits
EDUC 103The Young Child *3
EDUC 104Materials and Curriculum in Early Childhood *3
ENG 101English Composition 3
PSY 101General Psychology 3
Physical Education Elective1
 Semester Total13
Second Semester Credits
CMST 101Speech Fundamentals  
CMST 105Interpersonal Communication 3
Biological/Physical Lab Science Elective 4
EDUC 108Classroom Management: Early Childhood 3
MATH 102Contemporary Mathematics  
MATH 101College Algebra 3
Career-Based Elective #3
 Semester Total16
Third Semester   Credits
EDUC 110Infant and Toddler Curriculum  
EDUC 215School-Age Child Care 3
EDUC 200Introduction to Child Care Administration 3
EDUC 201Field Placement I 3
EDUC 216Child Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
EDUC 217Introduction to Special Education **3
Physical Education Elective 1
 Semester Total16
Fourth Semester Credits
EDUC 202Field Placement II 3
EDUC 208Avenues to Children's Literacy 3
VPA 201Visual and Performing Arts Survey 3
General Education Elective 3
Career Based Elective #3
 Semester Total15

* EDUC 103 (The Young Child) and EDUC 104 (Materials and Curriculum in Early Childhood) meet the 90 classroom hours required by the Maryland State Department of Educationís Office of Child Care.

** Students are required to participate in a thirty-hour field placement experience in addition to time spent in EDUC 113 (Introduction to Early Childhood Education) and EDUC 217 (Introduction to Special Education). Field placement experiences take place sometime during regular school hours, generally between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. A criminal record check will be conducted prior to students entering a school setting.

Note: The following codes identify courses which satisfy the General Education Degree Requirements:
  Behavioral/Social Science  Arts/Humanities
  Biological/Physical Science  English Composition
  Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues  Mathematics
  Biological/Physical Laboratory Science
TO SATISFY THE DIVERSITY REQUIREMENT: Associate degree students must complete one 3-credit diversity course . It is recommended that students select one of the 3-credit , , course electives from those that also appear on the approved list of diversity course graduation requirements.