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AAS - Early Childhood Education


The Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education provides a course of study that prepares students for career opportunities in early childhood education and specifically addresses the needs of assistant teachers in Tennessee’s Head Start programs by meeting the educational requirement stipulated in Federal Law. The program offers sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical experience that enable graduates to function in a variety of early childhood settings.

The program includes both educational theory and the practical application of learning. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) quality standards are addressed extensively in the Early Childhood Education concentration courses. Graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills to deliver appropriate programming for young children (birth through age 8) and their families.

This program is designed for students who plan to enter the field upon graduation. Students intending to transfer to a bachelor's program are advised to check with their academic advisor and the four-year institution regarding specific transfer of courses. Students planning to transfer should major in the Associate of Science in Teaching (AST) degree with a concentration in Early Childhood Education.

Degree Availability

The Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education can be obtained online through all thirteen community colleges. Select a community college from the list below to find out more about the degree program. Upon completion, your degree will be awarded and conferred by the institution you select as your home school. There is no differentiation between earning your degree on-ground or online.

Columbia State Community College - Program has been terminated and no longer accepts new students as of Fall 2016. Currently enrolled students must complete this program by August 31, 2018. See an academic advisor for assistance.