Early Childhood Education Technology Degree

Associate of Applied Science
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This curriculum is designed to prepare students to work with children from infancy through age eight in a variety of early childhood settings. The curriculum has a core of 34 credit hours directly related to early childhood education. The curriculum is designed so that it can be completed within four semesters, but it can be extended over a longer time. A suggested course sequence for full-time students follows; part-time students should consult an adviser.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Describe the theories and principles of child development and learning and apply the theories and principles to his or her classroom teaching.
  • Identify the issues, trends, and historical events in the field of early childhood education.
  • Use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way to positively influence children's learning and development.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of supporting and empowering families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
  • Demonstrate understanding of content areas and apply developmentally appropriate approaches to enhance children's learning and development.
  • Create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments to promote children's learning and development.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curricula to promote positive outcomes for all young children.
  • Be reflective practitioners to reflect and use the most effective methods of guidance and teaching when working with children.
  • Identify and conduct themselves as early childhood professionals who use ethical guidelines and National Association for the Education of Young Children standards related to early childhood practice and who are advocates for sound educational practices and policies.
  • Demonstrate excellent written, verbal, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, which will allow them to effectively make connections between prior knowledge/experience and new learning.

Program Advising

Available Fully Online
Complete this degree on your schedule, from anywhere with an internet connection, by taking all your classes online. Find out more about online learning.

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the degree requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process. 

Transfer Opportunities

MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. See all education transfer agreements.


Related careers include elementary school teacher, grades preK through 3rd grade, educational diagnostician, rehabilitation counselor, education administrator, guidance counselor, family counselor, childcare director, and childcare teacher. 


Suggested Course Sequence: Early Childhood Education Technology

A suggested Early Childhood Education Technology course sequence for full-time students follows.

A suggested Early Childhood Education Technology course sequence for full-time students follows.


All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.


Suggested Course Sequence

All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

* ENGL 101/ENGL 101A , if needed for ENGL 102, or elective.

** BIOL 101 or PSCI 101 or PSCI 102 recommended.

*** ISTD 173 recommended

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