Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education
Sharpen Your Teaching Skills
This program is offered on Campus and Online.
Teaching is your passion. You love helping and watching kids grow and learn through play. With an early childhood education degree from Post University, you can pursue a new position or promotion in a variety of early childhood education jobs, such as paraprofessional, teaching assistant, assistant teacher, home visitor, family service worker, social service specialist or in-home care provider (nanny). Many of our graduates go on to complete their Bachelor of Science in Child Studies at Post University. Completion of the program’s courses will not only lead you to your Bachelor’s degree but also prepare you for one of many further career advancements.
Through rich class discussions, research assignments, and off-site learning opportunities, you will learn appropriate skills and techniques to support the development of children aged birth through 8 years old. Gain an understanding of the characteristics and developmental stages of infants, toddlers, and young children; and build strategies that support children developing typically as well as those with special needs. This program will also help you:
- Apply your knowledge and understanding of family, culture and community characteristics when building effective relationships with families and children
- Create appropriate program plans that foster positive self-esteem, promote social skills and increase multicultural awareness
- Effectively and professionally communicate (verbally and in writing) with classmates, children, families, cooperating teachers, and community workers
As part of the coursework, you will participate in two internship experiences in educational settings, where you will apply your knowledge of best practices for planning, teaching, observing and assessing children’s ongoing development and learning as you work collaboratively with your peers, cooperating teacher, and your course instructor.
Upon completion of your early childhood education classes, you will have learned to formulate a developmentally appropriate approach to the educations of young children. This program is in alignment with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards, and teach young children using the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (aged birth through 5 years old).
Each early childhood education course at Post University is taught by faculty who have extensive experience in the field. They bring their expertise and integrity into the classroom, while our professional staff provides a level of personal support to help you reach your goals. From the moment you enroll, they will be available to answer any questions and help you overcome any obstacles.
Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education
Normal Program Completion Time: 24 Months
This program is taught at the Main Campus and online.
Students in the Associate of Science in the Early Childhood Education degree program learn appropriate skills and techniques to support the development of children aged birth through eight years old. Students gain an understanding of the developmental characteristics and stages of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners and primary grade children; early learning standards, appropriate assessment and challenging curriculum; culturally-responsive strategies that support children developing typically as well as exceptional learners; authentic family and community engagement; and professional, ethical responsibilities. Students create appropriate program plans that foster positive self-esteem, promote social skills and increase multicultural awareness. Students visit and participate in a variety of early childhood classroom settings, where they can apply the skills that they are learning and work collaboratively with their peers and co-workers. Students complete two 100-hour practicum courses. Graduates are prepared for careers as teachers in early care and education settings, paraprofessionals or teacher assistants, home visitors, parent educators, nannies, family service workers, social services specialists or family resource center workers.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of young children’s characteristics and development across all domains both as individuals and as a group.
- Students will apply their knowledge and understanding of family, culture and community characteristics when building effective relationships with families and children.
- Students will communicate their essential understanding of the goals, benefits and appropriate uses of assessment.
- Students will implement developmentally effective approaches to curriculum and instruction that are research-based, culturally sensitive, appropriate for each and every child, and incorporate the children’s family as partners.
- Students will demonstrate research-based content knowledge in early education.
- Students will maintain a professional commitment to children, families, colleagues and the early childhood community.
- Students will communicate effectively and professionally both orally and through writing.
|59||A.S. IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION TOTAL CREDITS||60 crs||h|
|61||GENERAL EDUCATION||24 crs||h|
|62||COMMON CORE||12 crs||s|
|63||ENG110 College Writing||3 crs|
|64||ENG130 Literature and Composition||3 crs|
|65||COM107 Introduction to Communication||3 crs|
|66||CIS112 Introduction to Computing||3 crs|
|67||LIBERAL ARTS*||6 crs||s|
|68||Humanities Elective||3 crs|
Professionalism, Prevention of Abuse, and Safety in the Field of Early Childhood Education
Children deserve to be safe and well taken care of. Thus, one critical way to ensure this is to make sure that adults caring for and working with children have undergone a comprehensive background check and fingerprinting.
Background Checks & Fingerprinting Information
As a degree candidate in Early Childhood Education or Child Studies you will be required to complete observations, as well as practicums and capstone field experiences. A criminal background check and/or finger printing may be required for any such observations and/or placements working with children.
Please note: The requirement for criminal background checks and/or fingerprinting is at the sole discretion of your chosen site/s in accordance with local, state, and federal law. Students are responsible for understanding and meeting any such requirements prior to engaging the aforementioned observations or field experiences.
The University reserves the right to change or update the curriculum at any time. The University will notify students of any changes officially through the university website.
For full course descriptions please refer to the University Catalog for the current Academic Year.
Licensure is a professional process that varies from state to state. Please consult the appropriate state agency to determine the specific requirements for licensure in your state.
The Bachelor of Science in Child Studies and Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education programs at Post University are accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1313 L Street, NW, Suite 500 Washington, D.C. 20005, 202.232.8777. The accreditation term for the Bachelor of Science in Child Studies program runs from March 2019 through March 2026. The accreditation term for the Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education program runs from March 2019 through March 2021.
Find Your Program
Get College Credits for Work and Life Experiences
Find out more about Post's Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Program.