Associate of Science with Emphasis in Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education associate of science degree program is for those students who currently are employed or aspire to work in early childhood care and education programs. Completion of JCCC's associate of science degree program provides students the credentials to advance in quality early childhood care and education settings. Credits may transfer to many Kansas universities. Excellent practical education opportunities are available to students in the program.


Students must meet the requirements for employment in early childhood care and education centers in Kansas (stated in the Kansas Licensing Regulations for Preschools and Child Care Centers).

Associate of Science Degree

Important: Students graduating with an associate of science degree must complete an approved cultural diversity course. Some of the approved courses are able to meet both the cultural diversity requirement and a general education requirement. A list of approved cultural diversity courses can be found in the list of AS general education electives.

(Major Code 2100; State CIP Code 19.0708)

First Semester

EDUC 130Foundations of Early Childhood Education*3
ENGL 121Composition I*3
PSYC 130Introduction to Psychology3
SPD 121Public Speaking3
or SPD 120 Interpersonal Communication
Note: SPD 121 is recommended
MATH 171College Algebra* (or higher)3
EDUC 220Survey of the Exceptional Child*3
Total Hours18

Second Semester

ENGL 122Composition II*3
EDUC 131Early Childhood Curriculum I*3
EDUC 250Child Health, Safety and Nutrition*3
PSYC 215Child Development*3
Humanities Elective ^3
Total Hours15

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Third Semester

EDUC 231Early Childhood Curriculum II*3
EDUC 210Creative Experiences for Young Children*3
EDUC 260Observing and Interacting with Young Children*3
ANTH 130World Cultures3
or ANTH 125 Cultural Anthropology
or SOC 131 Sociology of Families
NOTE: ANTH 130 and ANTH 125 meets Cultural Diversity requirement
Science course with Lab ^4
Total Hours16

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Fourth Semester

EDUC 234Families in Society*3
EDUC 285Student Teaching: Early Childhood Education*3
Humanities Elective ^3
Science or Math Electives ^5
Total Hours14

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Total Program Hours: 63