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Degree Level
Associate of Arts in
Degree Name
Early Childhood Education

Launch your education when you earn your Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education degree from Ashford University. Take the first steps toward qualifying for potential opportunities in daycare and preschools.

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What you will learn

The Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education degree is your first step in building a foundation for success in the world of childcare. You will focus on important topics in early childhood, such as: development, learning assessment, special learners, and instructional strategy. Upon completion of your Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education degree program, you will be able to:

  • Construct and evaluate curriculum designed to meet the differentiated academic, social and developmental needs of young children in alignment with the NAEYC and NCATE standards
  • Effectively utilize and evaluate assessment information as both formative and summative to inform and adapt instruction
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of instructional strategies and behavioral techniques to address the developmental needs of various ages of young children in a structured setting
  • Identify knowledge of the unique needs of special learners and adapt curriculum and instruction to meet these needs
  • Identify the stages of language, physical and social development in children ages birth to eight

Careers in Early Childhood Education

This field continues to grow and offers a variety of potential job opportunities. Take a look at your potential career options.

Early Childhood Education Careers

Your Courses in Early Childhood Education

Take the first step toward breaking into the world of childcare when you embark on your Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education. Within this 67-credit program, you'll complete general education requirements that you may then transfer toward a Bachelor's degree with Ashford University.

Introductory Courses
To help students acclimate to the online classroom, you may be required to complete Introductory Course requirements. Learn more about Introductory Courses.

Major Course Requirements (67 credits, all courses are 3 credits.)

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This program requires you to be a current licensed registered nurse. Please check out other programs to reach your education goals such as the BA in Health and Wellness.