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Early Childhood Education AAS Degree

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Early Childhood Education: Emphasis on Children with Exceptionalities

This program is structured as progressive, leading to two levels of achievement with a certificate and an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. Employment opportunities are in preschools, childcare centers, family childcare, HeadStart/ ECEAP programs, kindergarten through third grade classrooms (as a teacher assistant), and/or other early learning programs.

Degree Program

 Requirements include completion of the Early Childhood Education: Emphasis on Children with Exceptionalities Certificate

Note: A grade of C or higher is required in all coursework

Jobs & Careers



Core Requirements (27-30 credits)
Number Title Credits
BUS 164 Leadership and Human Relations 3
or ECED& 139  Administration of ECE 3
or ECE 130 Cultural Competency 2
or ECE 102  Math, Science, Technology for Young Children 3
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication 5

CU 105 or 
CU 100 and

CU 102

Word I, Excel I
Intro. to Practical Computing

Word I



ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
ENGL& 102 Composition II: Argument and Persuasion 5
MATH& 107
or MATH& 131 or MATH& 132
Math in Society or
Math for Elementary Teachers I or
Math for Elementary Teachers II


Humanities Requirements (10 credits)

Choose 2 from the following:
Number Title
ART& 100 or
ART 180
Art Appreciation
Art for Elementary Education
HUM& 101 Introduction to Humanities
MUSC& 105 OR
MUSC 120
Music Appreciation or
Music in the Classroom
Social Sciences Requirements (10 credits)
Choose 2 from the following: 
ANTH& 100 Survey of Anthropology
HIST& 146
or HIST& 147
or HIST& 148
US History I or
US History II
US History III
SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology
SOC& 201 Social Problems
Natural Sciences Requirements (5 credits)
Choose 1 from the following: 
ASTR& 101 Introduction to Astronomy
BIOL& 100 Survey of Biology
BIOL& 175 Biology with Lab
BOT 101 General Botany
CHEM& 110 Chemical Concepts with Lab I
ENVS& 101 Introduction to Environmental Science
GEOG 205 Physical Geography
GEOG 210 Maps, GIS, and the Environment
GEOL& 101 Introduction to Physical Geology
OCEA& 101 Introduction to Oceanography
SCI 105 Introductory Topics in Natural Science
SCI 110 Physical Science and Technology



Learn more about Jobs & Careers in the Early Childhood Education: Emphasis on Children with Special Needs field.

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Jennifer Karshna, Program Chair

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