The Associate in Applied Science: Major in Early Care and Education degree prepares students for a variety of careers working with children and families. Program graduates are qualified for employment in head start, child care centers, 4K programs, elementary school paraprofessional positions, and other agencies serving children and families.
To meet the needs of children and families, our students need strong communication skills and the ability to think critically and make sound decisions. This program provides a foundation in ethics, advocacy and leadership skills and balances developmental and educational theory with supervised hands-on experiences and general core coursework .
For all courses requiring off-site field work and the capstone field placement course leading to graduation, we require:
Clear criminal background check
Health assessment denoting good health
Negative tuberculosis skin test
Student liability insurance
Current certification in First Aid and Infant, Child, and Adult CPR (EDU 243)
Our program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation (NAEYC).
The Associate in Applied Science: Early Care and Education degree program at Aiken Technical College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, www.naeyc.org. The accreditation term runs from August 2018 through July 2025. View Programs Outcome Data.