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Early Childhood Education

Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101  Student Success Seminar
EDU131  Introduction to Child Development
EDU132  Observation, Assessment, and Group Management
EDU126  Educational Technology
PSY121  General Psychology
ENG124  College Composition
EDU122  Curriculum Design and Instruction
EDU123  Health & Nutrition
EDU225  The Exceptional Child
MTH108  Explorations in Modern Mathematics or MTH124 Statistics
COM121  Effective Speaking
EDU130  Intro to the Teaching Profession
EDU221  Language Arts
EDU223  Community & Family-based Program
SOC225  Cultural Diversity
EDU124  Infant-Toddler Curriculum
EDU224  Early Childhood Program Administration
EDU227  ECE Practicum and Seminar
EDU229  Educational Psychology
PHL122  Ethics
BIO126  Science, Energy, & the Environment (lab) or BIO127 Human Biology (lab)


The early childhood education program prepares students for professional careers as teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators in a variety of childcare/education settings. Graduates may seek employment in public and private preschool, Montessori, Head Start, school-age and other programs. The associate degree program features a holistic, child-centered approach to educating children that promotes the appreciation of the diversity and special needs of today’s children and families.

Stark State College provides early childhood education graduates with a solid basis for pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education and related fields. Teacher training emphasizes developmentally appropriate curriculum design and instruction based on guidelines set by the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The qualified candidate for the associate degree in early childhood education will demonstrate professional knowledge, abilities, dispositions, values, and attitudes regarding child development and learning, curriculum development and implementation, family and community relationships, assessment and evaluation, professionalism, and practice during field experiences.

Students are required to complete an early childhood education (EDU) application packet. The EDU application packets are distributed to students when enrolled in Introduction to Child Development (EDU131) or Introduction to the Teaching Profession (EDU130).

Upon successful completion of the early childhood education program and with the recommendation of early childhood education department chair, graduates may apply for their pre-kindergarten associate license from the Ohio Department of Education.

All students interested in the EDU program are required to undergo a criminal background check prior to applying to the EDU program. Criminal background checks may prevent placements, program completion/graduation, and potential employment in the field.