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Early Childhood Education (A.A.)

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StudentOur Associate of Arts program in early childhood education prepares candidates to meet eligibility requirements as teaching assistants in early childhood education (ages 3-8) in the District of Columbia. Our graduates can, if they so choose, glide seamlessly into our Bachelor of Arts in early childhood education program.

Our courses provide a core of knowledge, skills and field-based experiences and include performance assessments designed to demonstrate the teacher’s ability to impact student learning. Our education programs are state approved and nationally recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (N.A.E.Y.C.) and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (N.C.A.T.E.). Course syllabi and classroom activities reflect the standards of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (I.N.T.A.S.C.).

SPS offers the undergraduate degree in early childhood education in partnership with the School of Education.

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Featured Courses

EDCC 205 Children, Families, Culture and the Community in Early Childhood EDCC 207 Development of Learning Experiences in Early Childhood Education EDCC 211 Development of Early Childhood Oral Language and Literacy Skills EDCC 213 Observation, Description and Measurement of Growth in Early Childhood EDCC 220 Foundations of Education EDCC 292 Early Childhood Education Capstone Seminar EDTE 290


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Career Paths

  • Pre-School Assistant Teacher
  • Child Development Center Assistant Director
  • Child Development Home Owner/Director (expanded home)
  • Teacher (community based programs only)
  • Group Leader

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