The online Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education is listed by the Council for Professional Recognition as preparatory training to help you pursue the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™, which is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education.
In this undergraduate program, you will:
- Investigate the methodologies of planning and implementing programs to promote healthy development in children from birth to 5 years of age.
- Examine the principal theories of early childhood care and education.
- Apply effective concepts learned in the classroom to real-life settings.
In addition to meeting institutional and general education objectives, the Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education seeks to prepare its graduates for professional care of children from birth to five years old in a variety of settings via the following program outcomes. Graduates in this degree program will be able to:
- Describe the scope and principal theories of early childhood care and education.
- Describe how existing knowledge and practice in early childhood care and education is tested and revised.
- Use appropriate research documents on early childhood care and education, and cite appropriately.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply concepts learned in the classroom to real-life settings.
- Describe his or her own cultural background and how this background has influenced his or her own beliefs and practices in the field of child development and family studies.