Child Care & Early Education A.A.S.

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Child Care & Early Education A.A.S.

Department: Child Care and Early Education

Total Credit Hours: 64 - 66 credits

What Is Child Care & Early Education A.A.S.?

This degree provides students the knowledge and skills to care for and teach young children (birth to age 8). Child care professionals promote the social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth of infant, toddler and preschool children by guiding and supervising them through a variety of developmentally appropriate experiences.

Occupational Outlook

Employment of child care and early education shows a growing trend through the next decade. Employment growth is expected due to increases in student enrollment in childcare and preschool.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this field is projected to grow 5 to 8 percent from 2012-2024.

Salary Outlook

In Missouri, employees working as a preschool teacher earn a mean average of $33,300, depending on education, experience and employer. 

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics and  FOCUS Online Career and Education Planning Systems

Child Care & Early Education Careers

SCC graduates with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in child care and early education are employed in careers including camp director, child care center administrator, child care worker, child welfare caseworker, nanny, parent educator, recreation supervisor and preschool teacher.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements (24-26 credits)
Mathematics MAT 105  Applied Math  3-4
Communication ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 115  Technical Writing  3
COM 110 Interpersonal Communication 3
Social Science EDU 247  Multicultural Education 3
Natural Science Any BIO or Any BIOLOGY course 3
Any CHM or Any CHEMISTRY course
Humanities EDU 125 Teaching Literacy through Storytelling 3
Elective PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Core Course Requirements (37 credits)
CDC 101 Principles of Early Childhood Education 3
CDC 112 Child Growth & Development - Prenatal through Adolescence 3
CDC 204 Management of Early Childhood Programs 3
CDC 205 Children, Families & Communities 3
CDC 208 Nutrition, Health & Safety of Children 3
CDC 212 Infant & Toddler Development and Curriculum 3
CDC 215 Early Childhood Practicum I 3
CDC 220 Early Childhood Practicum II 4
CDC 217 Educating Children with Special Needs 3
EDU 212 Foundations in a Diverse Society 3
EDU 222 Educational Technology 3
EDU 240 Educational Psychology 3
Elective Courses in Child Care (3)
Choose One: CDC 201 Cognitive Activities and STEM for Young Children 3
CDC 202 Music, Movement & Creative Play for Young Children 3
EDU 225 Children's Literature 3
EDU 242 Art for Children 3
Total Required Hours: 64 - 66 credits

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