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The Early Childhood Education program also offers a diploma and an Early Childhood Paraeducator certificate. Contact your coordinator for the credential most appropriate for your educational goals and for specific requirements. Kirkwood also awards Associate of Arts degrees for students who wish to transfer to a four-year school to complete a bachelor's degree. To view transfer agreements with these universities, click here.

Associate of Applied Science Degree


First Semester
  ECE-103   Introduction to Early Childhood Education +3
  ECE-158   Early Childhood Curriculum I3
  ECE-170   Child Growth and Development3
  ENG-105   Composition I*3
  - - - - - - -   Math/Science Elective3


Second Semester
  ENG-106   Composition II*3
  ECE-159   Early Childhood Curriculum II3
  PSY-111   Introduction to Psychology3
  SPC-101   Fundamentals of Oral Communication3
  - - - - - - -   Elective3


Third Semester
  ECE-133   Child Health, Safety and Nutrition3
  ECE-290   Early Childhood Program Administration3
  EDU-248   Exceptional Persons3
  PSY-121   Developmental Psychology3
  - - - - - - -   Elective3


Fourth Semester
  ECE-221   Infant/Toddler Care and Education3
  ECE-243   Early Childhood Guidance3
  ECE-262   Early Childhood Field Experience3
  - - - - - - -   Electives9


Degree Courses
Early Childhood Recommended Electives
  ASL-141   American Sign Language I4
  ASL-171   American Sign Language II4
  ECE-928   Independent Study1
  EDU-110   Exploring Teaching +3
  EDU-119   Behavior Management +3
  EDU-129   Inclusion and Adaptation +3
  EDU-212   Educational Foundations3
  EDU-240   Educational Psychology3
  EDU-249   Cultural and Linguistic Diversity +3
  FLS-141   Elementary Spanish I4
  FLS-142   Elementary Spanish II4
  LIT-105   Children's Literature3
  SOC-120   Marriage and Family3

Total Program Hours     63

*Your writing placement score may require prerequisite courses.

+ Leads to certification as a paraeducator

Transfer Students: Discuss transfer plans with the Early Childhood Education coordinator as soon as possible.