ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE
Students completing this program will earn the Associate of Science degree and will be prepared to work at Head Start or other preschool settings as a teacher, paraprofessional, or child care provider. Students intending to continue for a Bachelor’s degree should carefully check with their advisor regarding the requirements of their planned transfer college.
Upon completion of the Early Childhood Education program, students will be able to:
- Provide developmentally appropriate learning environments.
- Demonstrate culturally sensitive relationship-building techniques for engaging diverse families in their children’s learning.
- Use child assessment information to design programs/practices for young children.
- Use developmentally appropriate approaches for teaching and learning.
- Apply competencies of an early childhood professional.
- Engage in informed advocacy for children and the profession
Child Development Associate (CDA) Preparation
The Child Development Associate (CDA) is a credential awarded by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. The CDA is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in Early Childhood education for early care and learning professionals who work in a variety of early childhood setting (Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Family Child Care and Home Visitors). The CDA represents a national effort to promote improved performance and recognition of early childhood professionals in the early childhood education of children age birth to 5 years old.
The CDA is different from the associate degree conferred by KBOCC. KBOCC provides classes for academic credits that may be applied toward the completion of CDA credentialing requirements. The credits earned also apply toward the A.A.S in Early Childhood Education. All interested students must meet with the Early Childhood Department Chair prior to registering for classes.
For more information, contact:
Cheryl LaRose, Early Childhood Department Chair
Wabanung Campus – Room 305