Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education

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Early childhood educators play a critical role in the development of children's social, emotional, and educational needs, and they set the stage for a child's long-term academic success. Ashworth College's Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education will teach you effective techniques for supervising youngsters from newborn to age eight. Graduation from our ECE degree program allows you to apply your studies to the 120 hours of professional education necessary as part of the requirements to earn your Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™, a key step toward your success. Start your program anytime, and finish it online at your own pace.

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Semester 1

EN110 - Achieving Academic Excellence 

This course will help students sharpen skills that will help in achieving maximum learning as they complete their degree programs. Taking this course will unlock students' undiscovered potential and will help them discover their multiple intelligences and best ways to learn. This course will also help students uncover strengths and build from them, as well as explore the areas where they might change behaviors to ensure college success.
Credit Hours: 3

SP180 - Principles of Public Speaking 

This course teaches the students fundamental principles while emphasizing skills development in the practice of public speaking. It covers purposes, methods and steps in preparing speeches, develops communication skills in listening, speech criticism, audience analysis and writing, and provides effective delivery techniques to present a variety of speeches.
Credit Hours: 3

EN120 - English Composition I  

This course offers an introduction to basic writing skills that is especially relevant to academic assignments. It focuses on paragraph development and organization in conjunction with a review of basic grammar and mechanics. The course also covers the construction of multi-paragraph essays, the development of writing style and tone, and techniques for critically editing and revising one's work.
Credit Hours: 3

C10 - Introduction to Computers  

Introduction to Computers provides students with foundational skills and knowledge needed for today's technology-based careers. Students learn the components of systems—from the CPU and memory to input devices and peripherals—and how these components interact with an operating system to perform critical tasks. Keeping current with fast-changing computer technologies, this course will discuss the computer technologies today that are allowing the creation of a virtualized mobile workforce. It will explore how computers connect to the Internet, what services can be found online, and what dangers exist in the form of viruses, Trojans, and other malware. The course will also familiarize the student with the basics of today's office productivity applications and help to establish a foundation for working with these different types of applications, including spreadsheets, word processors, and presentation-creation tools.
Credit Hours: 3

E01 - Careers in Early Childhood Education  

This course introduces the student to the field of early childhood education by describing at a fundamental level how children learn, the stages of early childhood development, how teachers work with children and their parents, what is taught, how to create and evaluate an early childhood environment, and issues and trends in the field.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 2

EN130 - English Composition II  

This course provides an introduction and extensive guidelines for writing multi-paragraph essays in a college environment. In this way, EN130 will help you to better comprehend and assimilate the wide range of written communications that are vital to professional callings in commerce, industry, government, law enforcement, and healthcare—not to mention reports, documents, essays, and books associated with the universe of academic disciplines and the various areas of scientific research. For, as it turns out, the basics of the writing process apply to all forms of academic and professional communications.
Prerequisite for C02
Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective (Science 100-200 Level)   E02 - Child Development  

This course examines childhood development by observing physical and psychosocial factors that lead to cognitive, language, and literacy development according to a child's age. Child development theories, studies and assessments will also be presented.
Credit Hours: 3

E03 - Curriculum Development  

This course discusses how to develop and implement appropriate curriculum for young children. Topics include the use of play, cooking, and physical activity, and techniques for fostering creativity and emotional, social, and verbal competence within the curriculum.
Credit Hours: 3

E04 - Guidance and Discipline  

This course presents guidance and discipline concepts applicable to children’s behavior in preschool and primary school classrooms. By applying the concepts taught in this course, the student will be able to help children become responsible and productive, and will themselves become a much more patient and understanding disciplinarian.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 3

General Education Elective (Behavioral/Social Science 100-200 Level)   General Education Elective (Humanities/Fine Arts 100-200 Level)   E13 - Early Childhood Literacy  

This course provides an introduction to teaching young children how to read and write during the preschool years. This course covers the progression of communication, language, literacy, and listening, and the uses of children’s literature to facilitate the development of literacy in early childhood.
Credit Hours: 3

E08 - Health, Safety, and Nutrition  

The optimal physical and cognitive development of a young child depends on proper nutrition, a safe but challenging learning environment, and care sensitive to the child’s individual health status. In this course, the student will learn how the topics of health, safety, and nutrition are interrelated, how to assess children’s health, how to plan for safety and attend to children’s injuries, and how to foster nutritious eating habits.
Credit Hours: 3

E06 - Creative Expression and Play  

Play is a core component of an early childhood curriculum. This course reinforces the importance of play and teaches students how to integrate play into the art, music, movement, and drama curricula. This course also analyzes the connection between play and creativity, and demonstrates techniques for fostering creativity.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 4

C17 - College Mathematics or MA240 - College Algebra*  

C17: This is a comprehensive review of mathematical skills and concepts commonly used in academic and vocational applications. Topics include whole numbers, fractions, decimal notation, ratios and proportions, percents, statistics and measurement, geometry, real numbers, and algebra.
Credit Hours: 3

MA240: This course introduces the major concepts of college-level algebra. The course begins with basic concepts such as sets and numbers but quickly moves into intermediate algebra topics, emphasizing concepts most often used in computer science. The student will gain extensive experience in evaluating and manipulating expressions, equations, inequalities, and functions.
Credit Hours: 3

SO245 - Social Impact of Technology  

This course examines the broad implications of technological innovation on social organization in terms of personal, political, economic, and environmental issues. Topics covered include technological progress within society, issues of energy use and creation, positive and negative environmental impacts of technology, the use of technology in war and politics, social responsibility, personal health, and economic development.
Credit Hours: 3

E09 - Home, School, and Community  

This course provides an introduction to the partnerships that teachers must create with parents and others, in order to achieve the best results for children in their classroom. Topics covered include home visits with parents and children, meetings with parents, and parental visits to the child’s classroom. Issues of separation and communication are addressed, along with resolving troublesome behaviors.
Credit Hours: 3

Elective (100-200 Level)  

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*If students expect to complete a bachelor's degree, MA240 is required.

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Why Choose Ashworth College for your Early Childhood Education Associate Degree?

  • Ashworth College is one of the most affordable online early childhood education colleges in the country.
  • You'll be able to apply your studies to the 120 hours of professional education necessary as part of the requirements to earn your Child Development Associate (CDA) credential offered by the Council for Professional Recognition.
  • Convenient online early childhood courses allow you to complete your studies at your own pace
  • The early childhood degree program allows you to enroll in one semester at a time and complete each of 4 semesters in as few as 4 months based on your study pace
  • You can take all exams and submit all assessments online – exams are auto-graded for instant feedback.
  • Earning an Ashworth Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education will enable you to seamlessly enroll in the corresponding Ashworth Bachelor of Science Degree without any additional academic preparation.

State Requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

Our Early Childhood Education Program

As part of Ashworth College's Early Childhood Education associate degree online, you'll learn how to develop and implement appropriate curriculum for young children, fostering creativity and emotional, social, and verbal competence.

Employers are looking for early childhood educators who can:

  • Work with children in groups or one on one, depending on the needs of children and the subject matter
  • Plan and carry out a curriculum that targets different areas of child development, such as language, motor, and social skills
  • Organize activities so children can learn about the world, explore interests, and develop talents
  • Develop schedules and routines to ensure children have enough physical activity, rest, and playtime
  • Watch for signs of emotional or developmental problems in children
  • Keep records of the student progress, routines, and interests, and keep parents informed about their child's development*

* Bureau of Labor Statistics

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"You can achieve your goals here at Ashworth College. It doesn’t set you up to fail. You can go at your own pace every step of the way."
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Your Early Childhood Education Program Includes:

  • Comprehensive full-color ECE degree textbooks with most courses
  • Comprehensive online course materials
  • Online exams and assessments
  • Access to Academic Advisors
  • Personalized faculty feedback on all written assessments
  • Access to a Learning Resource Center and Library via Proquest
  • Ability to track academic progress and manage account information via the student portal
  • Personalized Career Guidance
  • Ability to interact with peer ECE students, faculty and staff via Ashworth's Online Community

What features should I look for in Ashworth College's Early Childhood Education Associate Degree program compared to other schools' programs?

It's important that the ECE program you choose allows you to apply your studies to the 120 hours of professional education necessary as part of the requirements to earn your Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™. Look for an early childhood degree that includes a core set of general education courses with specialized courses in early childhood education. You'll want a program that includes courses in child development, health and safety, nutrition, guidance and discipline, creative expression, and curriculum development. A well-rounded early childhood education program enables you to seamlessly transfer to a bachelor's degree program in the same discipline without any additional academic preparation.

Are these Early Childhood Education courses all online or do I get books?

Most courses include a physical textbook that is shipped to the student at the start of the course. All other course materials—including lecture notes, required readings, exams, and assessments—are available online via Ashworth's Learning Management System (LMS.)

Earn your Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education online on your terms. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online today.