Early Childhood Education

In the early childhood education program you’ll learn a holistic, child-centered approach to educating children that promotes the appreciation of diversity and individual needs of today’s children and families. Your training will emphasize developmentally appropriate curriculum design and instruction based on guidelines set by the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and will include extensive field observations and a 210-hour practicum in an approved early childhood setting. Students also receive an affordable, solid foundation for pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education or a related field.

Two additional majors are available under the early childhood education degree: infant and toddler or intervention specialist.

Qualified degree candidates 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.

Associate of applied science in early childhood education

  • Ashland University
  • Kent State University (Tusc. Branch)
  • Walsh University
  • ODJFS licensed child care settings
  • public/private preschools
  • Head Start programs
  • Montessori schools
  • family child care
  • assistant teacher
  • teacher

All education students are required to complete a background check through the Stark State College Security Office. Fees are $30 for state and $30 for federal.

  • Education Club
  • Kappa Delta Pi (education honor society)