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Early Childhood Education (A.A.)

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Woman listens intently during lectureOur 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.

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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 Practicum and Seminar in Early Childhood Learning

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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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The program is state approved and nationally recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (N.A.E.Y.C.), by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (N.C.A.T.E.), and by the Council for Professional Recognition as a GOLD standard. Course syllabi and classroom activities reflect the standards of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (I.N.T.A.S.C.).

The School of Professional Studies offers the Associate of Arts degree in early childhood education in partnership with the School of Education.

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