Early Childhood Education

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 this 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 Degree Course Sequence

  • Student Success Seminar
  • Introduction to Child Development
  • Observation, Assessment, and Group Management
  • Educational Technology
  • General Psychology
  • College Composition
  • Curriculum Design and Instruction
  • Health & Nutrition
  • The Exceptional Child
  • Explorations in Modern Mathematics or Statistics
  • Effective Speaking
  • Intro to the Teaching Profession
  • Language Arts
  • Community & Family-based Programs
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Infant-Toddler Curriculum
  • Educational Psychology
  • Early Childhood Program Administration
  • Early CHLD ED Tech Practicum
  • Phonics for Young Children
  • Ethics
  • Natural Sciences (with lab) Elective


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)