Early Childhood Education (A.S.)


ECE Program at ACC Receives Continued Accreditation

Asnuntuck's ECE program received accreditation in 2012 from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and received continued accreditation in 2013. The accreditation comes as a result of assessing the program's field experiences, course requirements, and level of student preparedness.

The program is designed to prepare qualified early childhood education students with the skills and competencies necessary to work effectively with young children from birth through age eight. This curriculum prepares students for positions as both teachers and assistant teachers in a variety of settings. For those individuals already employed in the field of early childhood education, this program will strengthen and enhance their professional competencies. In addition, a liberal arts core along with specialized early childhood education courses prepares students to transfer to baccalaureate programs for further study in child development or early childhood education.

Download the Early Childhood Education degree worksheet.

GPA 2.0 required

Number Title Credits
_ECE* 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ECE* 103 Creative Experiences/Children 3
+ECE* 210 Observation, Participation and Seminar 3
ECE* 176 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
+ECE* 215 The Exceptional Learner 3
+ECE* 231 Early Language and Literacy Development 3
+ECE* 295 Student Teaching Practicum 6



Number Title Credits
+ENG* 101 Composition (*)
 * Minimum "C" grade required
+ENG* 102 Literature & Composition 3
ENG* 114 Children's Literature 3
COM* 173 Public Speaking 3
THR* 110 Acting I  


Fine Arts:
Number Title Credits

Fine Arts Elective
choose one course from: ART*, COM* 166, DAN*, DGA* 111, 128, ENG* 206, 207, 213, 263, 264, 281, 282, 285, 289, MUS*, THR*



Number Title Credits


Elective higher than 100
(Students who plan to transfer mathematics credit should refer to the requirements of the receiving institution)



Number Title Credits

A Science elective



Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Number Title Credits

PSY* 111

General Psychology I 3
ECE* 182  or  +PSY* 203 Child Development 3
SOC* 101 Principles of Sociology 3
SOC* 190 Self & Others: Dynamics of Diversity 3


Number Title Credits

Open elective

(for transfer students, HIS* recommended)

  ECE* Elective** or SOC* Elective  


Minimum Total: 63



+ Prerequisite required

** For students who want to go directly to the workforce, recommended courses include ECE* 141--Infant/Toddler Growth and Development, ECE* 109--Science and Math for Children, ECE* 180--CDA Credential Preparation, ECE* 181--CDA Credential Preparation II, ECE* 182--Child Development, ECE* 275--Child, Family and School Relationships, or ECE* 225--Antibias Issues in Early Childhood Education.

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