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Applied Science (Early Childhood Studies)

Do you already have an Associate in Applied Science in early childhood education? With this program you can earn a bachelor’s degree and develop a range of skills that are in high demand from many kinds of employers that run educational services for children up to the age of 5.


Program description

The Bachelor of Applied Science with a concentration in early childhood studies is a two-year program for students who already have an Associate of Applied Science in early childhood education or a similar field.

Students gain skills in communication, critical thinking and leadership so they can positively affect school readiness for children from birth to age 5. Through online coursework, students deepen their understanding of the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of young children. Students learn to set developmentally appropriate learning goals, create and support effective instructional strategies and develop highly individualized instruction for young learners. 

This program integrates experiential learning opportunities into the curriculum, allowing students to put coursework into practice. Students must be able to work or volunteer with learners in an early childhood setting for at least 15 hours per month throughout their junior and senior year.

Individuals who don't have an AAS degree may consider the BAE in Educational Studies (Early Childhood Studies) program, which has a parallel curriculum.

This program does not lead to teacher certification. Students seeking teacher certification should enroll in one of the other Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College undergraduate programs.