As an early childhood professional, you play a vital role in the life of a child. From providing a safe learning environment to helping children grow socially, emotionally and educationally, you learn the special skills needed to work with young children. High school students can get a head start by earning credit for early childhood education classes. You can also earn credit if you are certified as a Child Development Associate.

With this A.S. degree, you also earn one of the following Early Childhood certificates:

Continuing your education

After you complete the A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education, you have the option to complete the credits needed to earn an A.A. degree and then transfer to SPC's Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Studies Preschool track.

NOTE: The Early Childhood A.S. degree does not lead to a teaching certificate.


With this degree, you will be prepared to work in caregiving and educational roles in programs for infants, toddlers, and young children. Employment opportunities exist in preschools, VPK classrooms, Head Start centers, before- and after-school care, early intervention programs, early childhood care and education agencies and in-home family child care.

This job prepares you for work as a Preschool teacher.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


  • Early childhood growth, development and education
  • Observation and assessment techniques
  • Developmentally appropriate cognitive and creative activities
  • How to establish and maintain a safe, clean, healthy, learning environment
  • Guidance techniques and classroom management; communication
  • How to identify child abuse and neglect
  • Legal, ethical and professional responsibilities
  • Family interactions

Early Childhood Education A.S. Degree Curriculum

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