Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) and Technical Certificate in:
Early Childhood Education
The A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education prepares the student for a career in child care and early education. The program includes both educational theory and the practical application of learning. Graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills to deliver appropriate programming for young children (birth through age 8) and their families.
Public School Teacher certification in the state of Tennessee requires a baccalaureate degree. Although many of these courses will count toward certification, students interested in certification must consult with their advisor
Program standards for the A.A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education are the Standards for Professional Preparation of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAYEC), which include the following.
Students will be able to:
1. Promote child development and learning.
2. Build family and community relationships.
3. Use developmentally effective approaches.
4. Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum.
5. Become a professional.
Academic Program Inventory Title:
A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education
Technical Certificate in Early Childhood Education
Introduction to Early Childhood Education is an introduction to the early childhood profession, including an emphasis on professionalism and developmentally appropriate practice. The course also includes an overview of history of early education; theoretical program models; different types of early childhood programs, community resources; professional organizations, and contemporary trends and issues in programs for children ages birth through eight. Field experience is required.
The student will:
- Recognize the foundation of the early childhood profession, its historical, philosophical, and social foundations and how these foundations influence current thought and practice.
- Recognize the diversity of settings, teacher qualifications, types of employment, locations, etc., in the early childhood field.
- Recognize professional journals, websites, organizations, and community agencies that support the early childhood professional.
- Identify basic components of quality in an early childhood program setting.
- Identify the goals and basic components of several prominent, theoretical curriculum models (Montessori, High Scope, Reggio Emilia, Project Approach, etc.)
- Recognize the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct to resolve basic ethical dilemmas in early education.