Early Childhood Education, Associate in Science

The Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education is designed to prepare professionals with the competencies to work in early childhood classrooms as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood. 

Following completion of the program, students will have the necessary skills and knowledge to become gainfully employed in an entry- to mid-level position in the field of early childhood education or to continue their education toward a Bachelor of Science in Child Study or related fields. Most courses in this program are offered in a blended format with both on-ground and online sessions.

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education is an approved program of study leading to the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC). For more information about this credential please visit the OEC website. 

Admission Requirements

Students entering the Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education must meet the following criteria:

  • Pass a background check.

  • Complete ENG 101 – English Composition or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments using knowledge of children’s unique characteristics and needs and the multiple factors that influence their early development and learning. 

  2. Build effective relationships with families and children using their knowledge of family systems, culture, and community.

  3. Propose and support positive outcomes for each child based on the use of observation as a teaching strategy and the application of appropriate assessment tools. 

  4. Implement a broad range of developmentally-appropriate teaching and learning strategies that consider children’s unique characteristics and needs and are research-based, culturally sensitive, and respectful of families.

  5. Plan and implement meaningful and challenging curriculum that supports what young children should know and be able to do in each domain of learning as outlined in early learning and development standards.

  6. Apply the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct to their work with children, families, and other early childhood professionals.

  7. Advocate on behalf of young children and their families. 

  8. Communicate effectively and professionally, both orally and through writing.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all the general graduation requirements as stated in the Graduation and Degree Conferral section of this catalog as well as the general education requirements for associate degrees located in the Programs of Study section. In addition, students must complete all Early Childhood core courses with a minimum grade of "C" and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3.


Associate in Early Childhood Education

General Education Requirements - 22 Credits

ENG 101English Composition


ENG 1XXEnglish Elective


COM 105Interpersonal Communications


CAP 1XXComputer Literacy (CAP)*


MATH 1XXMathematics (MATH)


SCI 1XX Science w/lab (SCI)


PSY 112Introduction to Psychology


*Students have the option to test out of CAP 110 and take a General Education elective instead.  The test must be completed prior to the first attempt.  See CAP 005 policy.

Electives - 6 Credits

OPEN Electives


Elective credits may be chosen from any general education course, unless directed by the program.  General Education courses contain the following prefixes:  ENG, MATH, STAT, CAP, COM, BIO, CHEM, SCI, HIS, HUM, PHIL, SPAN, PSY, and SOC.

Early Childhood Major Core requirements - 33 Credits

Students entering with a valid Child Development Associate (CDA) credential will be awarded 9 credits (ECE 102 and one 6-credit CDA practicum toward elective credits) towards the Associate degree or Bachelor's degree.

Freshman Year

ECE 101Introduction to Early Childhood Education


ECE 102Health, Safety and Nutrition for Early Childhood Programs


ECE 110Creativity and the Young Child


ECE 120Math and Science for Young Children


PSY 115Child Development


Sophomore Year

ECE 201The Exceptional Child and Learner


ECE 210Observation and Assessment in the Early Childhood Classroom


ECE 221Social and Emotional Development in Young Children


ECE 231Early Language and Literacy Development


ECE 251Student Teaching I


ECE 252Student Teaching II



Total Credit Hours: 61