Associate Degree

Early Childhood Education

An affordable path to quickly become a teacher’s assistant, library assistant, or daycare instructor. This associate’s program transfers to a bachelor’s degree.


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Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education program prepares students for transfer to education programs at four-year institutions. It provides students with fundamental knowledge, competencies, and skills necessary to teach by emphasizing contemporary theory and research. Students participate in diverse field experiences and receive the additional content preparation in mathematics and life, earth and physical science deemed necessary for educators of young children.

Estimated Annual Cost: $7,785

Cost estimate based on enrollment in 45 annual quarter hours with current Tuition and Fees. Cost includes fees for textbooks and materials.


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What You Will Learn:

Students will examine and understand the issues facing schools in today’s diverse society, including socioeconomic distinctions, gender, race, ethnicity, special education and the changing standards for future educators.

Students will explain the implications of current issues and trends relating to the education profession community for classroom practice.

Students will analyze specific psychological theories by examining teaching and learning processes.

Program Benefits:

Students graduating with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education are qualified to become paraprofessionals (with an exam), teacher assistants, library assistants, day care instructors, etc. In addition, students will amass transferrable skills in communication, time management, critical thinking, problem solving, planning/organization, leadership, and interpersonal skills. Students graduating with a 4-year degree in early childhood education and passing the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) exam (this type of test has a different name for each state)  will be qualified to teach in grades PreK-5th grade.  In addition, students with this degree may work as a day care instructor, tutor, GED instructor, vocational education instructor, pre-school instructor, be a presenter for a textbook or children’s toy company or an educational vendor/company. Students may obtain additional education (Master’s Degree, Specialist Degree, Doctorate Degree) or certificates in areas such as counseling, technology, media, English as a Second Language (ESOL), and special education in order to become school administrators, counselors, instructional technologists, librarians, ESOL teachers, or special education teachers.

Program Costs:

One of our goals is to offer the highest quality college education at some of the most affordable tuition rates. To understand our tuition rates, please visit the Tuition and Fees Basics Page on our website. Keep in mind that total costs for the program will depend not only on tuition rates, but the amount of quarter hours students must take in order to complete the degree.  This will include courses both in the core and in the major.

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