ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Take the first steps toward qualifying for high-demand jobs in daycare, preschool, and elementary schools.

In this 67-credit online program, your courses, taken one at a time for five weeks each, focus on important topics in early childhood, such as: development, learning assessment, special learners, and instructional strategy.

Upon completion of your associate degree at Ashford, you can transfer your credits toward any of Ashford's many bachelor's degree programs.

  • Construct and evaluate early childhood education curriculum designed to meet the differentiated academic, social and developmental needs of young children in alignment with the NAEYC standards
  • Effectively utilize and evaluate assessment information as both formative and summative to inform and adapt instruction
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of early childhood education instructional strategies and behavioral techniques to address the developmental needs of various ages of young children in a structured setting
  • Identify knowledge of the unique needs of special learners and adapt curriculum and instruction to meet these needs
  • Identify the stages of language, physical and social development in children ages birth to eight

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Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wscuc.org. WSCUC is a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions


An online degree from Ashford University does not lead to immediate teacher licensure in any state. If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study. All prospective students are advised to visit the Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD) and to contact the licensing body of the state where they are licensed or intend to obtain licensure to verify that these courses qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits in that state prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state's policies and procedures relating to licensure as those policies are subject to change.

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