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 24.0101)

Early Childhood Education

First Semester

EDUC 130Foundations of Early Childhood Education*3
EDUC 131Early Childhood Curriculum I*3
ENGL 121Composition I*3
PSYC 130Introduction to Psychology3
SPD 121Public Speaking3
or SPD 120 Interpersonal Communication
Note: SPD 121 is recommended
Total Hours15

Second Semester

EDUC 231Early Childhood Curriculum II3
EDUC 250Child Health, Safety and Nutrition*3
PSYC 215Child Development*3
ENGL 122Composition II*3
Science course with Lab^4
Note: BIOL 130 and BIOL 131 are recommended
Total Hours16

Third Semester

EDUC 210Creative Experiences for Young Children*3
EDUC 260Observing and Interacting with Young Children*3
Humanities Elective^3
Note: FL 230, ARTH 180, ARTH 184, or ARTH 188 are recommended
ARTH 180 meets Cultural Diversity
Science or Math Electives^5
Note: GEOS 130 is recommended
MATH 171College Algebra*3
Total Hours17

Fourth Semester

EDUC 220Survey of the Exceptional Child*3
EDUC 234Families in Society*3
EDUC 285Student Teaching: Early Childhood Education*3
Social Science/Economics Elective^3
Note: ANTH 130 or ANTH 125 or SOC 125 are recommended
ANTH 130 and ANTH 125 meets Cultural Diversity requirement
Humanities Elective ^3
Note: FL 231 or MUS 121 are recommended
Total Hours15

Total Program Hours: 63