About This Program:
The Early Childhood Education program prepares students for transfer to education programs at four-year institution. It provides them with fundamental knowledge, competencies, and skills necessary to teach by emphasizing contemporary theory and research. Students participate in diverse field experiences and receive the additional content preparation in mathematics and life, earth and physical science deemed necessary for educators of young children.
What You Will Learn:
- Students will examine and understand the issues facing schools in today’s diverse society, including socioeconomic distinctions, gender, race, ethnicity, special education and the changing standards for future educators.
- Students will explain the implications of current issues and trends relating to the education profession community for classroom practice.
- Students will analyze specific psychological theories by examining teaching and learning processes.
Students graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education are qualified to become Paraprofessionals (with an exam), teacher assistants, library assistants, day care instructors, etc. In addition, students will amass transferrable skills in communication, time management, critical thinking, problem solving, planning/organization, leadership and interpersonal skills. Students graduating with a 4-year degree in Early Childhood Education and passing the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) exam (this type of test has a different name for each state) will be qualified to teach in grades PreK-5th grade. In addition, students with this degree may work as a Day Care Instructor, tutor, GED instructor, Vocational Education Instructor, Pre School Instructor, be a presenter for a textbook or children’s toys company or an educational vendor/company. Students may obtain additional education (Master’s Degree, Specialist Degree, Doctorate Degree or certificates in areas such as counseling, technology, media, English as a Second Language (ESOL), Special Education) in order to become school administrators, counselors, Instructional Technologists, Librarians, ESOL teachers, or special education teachers.
A.A. – 100/103 Quarter Hours
A.S. – 95/99 Quarter Hours