Early Care and Education, Associate in Applied Science

Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec

The Early Care and Education program offers students a variety of degree options ard pathways of study. Students will investigate leading theories of child development and methodologies for curriculum planning and assessment. Through class lectures, observation studies, field work with mentor teachers, service learning, and opporturities for discussion with award winning faculty, students will engage with the best practices designed for the study of early education.

The associate in applied science degree is a two-year program of study with a concentration of coursework in early education, child development, and family studies. Students who complete the AAS degree can find employment as teachers or directors in early childhood settings, including preschool programs, teacher assistants in elementary schools or as parent educators working within the community.

Students must earn at least a “C” in certain courses to be eligible for the associate degree. See an academic advisor or the program coordinator for details.

The Early Care and Education program is aligned wth education standards for Associate Degree programs set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The profession offers opportunities for teaching and working in a wide range of programs and agencies that serve young children and their families. St. Louis Community College prepares students to work with young children from infancy through age eight in a variety of settings such as preschool, day care, Head Start programs, youth development, as teacher assistants in elementary school settings, or for management positions such as program director, or as child and family advocates for community agencies.

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting stlcc.edu/enroll.

Program of Study

Career General Education
ENG 101College Composition I3
MTH 108Elementary Applied Mathematics (or higher)3
XXX xxxMissouri State Requirement3
XXX xxxSocial Science Elective3
XXX xxxScience Elective3
XXX xxxHumanities or Communications Elective3
Physical Education Activity2
Program Requirements
ECE 101Introduction to Early Care and Education3
ECE 102Creative Experiences in Early Care and Education3
ECE 103Language and Literacy in Early Care and Education3
ECE 104Principles of Early Care and Education3
ECE 105Child Development Laboratory3
ECE 124Child Nutrition, Health and Safety3
ECE 125Child Growth and Development I3
ECE 127Family and Teacher Interactions3
ECE 200Guiding Young Children3
ECE 201Math and Science in Early Care and Education3
ECE 202Movement and Music in Early Care and Education3
ECE 203Early Care and Education Practicum I3
ECE 205Child and Society3
ECE 206Early Care and Education Practicum II3
Electives
Select one of the following:3
Early Care and Special Education
Infant, Toddler and Two-Year-Old Children
Management of Early Care and Education Settings
Activities for Special Individuals
Before and After School Care
Total Credit Hours65