Early Childhood Education (A.A.) - Clarks Summit University

Early Childhood Education  (Associate of Arts)

Be equipped to excel in the classroom.

The early years of a child’s education are filled with wonder, discovery and development. The foundation of their worldview begins to form as they consider their own identity, the value of others and the importance of learning.

This process is greatly influenced by their teachers and caregivers. At this crucial period of life, children need teachers who will meet their academic, cognitive and developmental needs from a biblical perspective. Our two-year Early Childhood Program provides you with the biblical education, practical experience and academic foundation that is necessary to point young children to Christ and to teach with excellence in a variety of settings.

Program distinctives…

  • The two-year Associate of Arts degree prepares you to serve in a support role to lead teachers as an aide or to assist by providing instructional support.
  • This degree requires completion of 60 credits.
  • Your professors make an investment in your life. They will become mentors and lifelong resources for encouragement and guidance.
  • The coursework in the program will give you essential skills, including methods, approaches and an understanding of early childhood development.
    • Learn how to teach from a biblical worldview.
    • Gain an in-depth understanding of children’s developmental needs and abilities at various ages.
    • Be exposed to current trends and programs used in early childhood education.
    • Learn how to teach using developmentally appropriate practices.
    • Learn to effectively interact, build relationships and partner with parents.

Options for your future…

As a graduate of Clarks Summit University’s Associate of Arts program you will be prepared to work with children from birth to grade four in a variety of settings.

  • Schools, preschool programs and day cares (both private and public)
    • Teacher’s aid or teaching assistant
    • One-on-one tutor providing supplemental instruction, help and support for struggling students
    • After-school care programs
  • Churches—variety of children’s ministries opportunities
  • Social Agencies
    • Teacher’s assistant—Head Start
    • YMCA’s, after-school programs, nannies
  • Overseas opportunities
    • Teacher’s aides
    • Teaching assistants
    • Tutor in an international school or MK school

Learning and experience opportunities…

You will have many opportunities to use and apply your learning in classes as well as in real-world experiences. Opportunities may include:

  • Local day cares and preschool settings
  • Churches as a Sunday school teacher or assistant
  • Working as a nanny or babysitter as a part-time job

Four separate field experiences courses within the pre–K to grade four age range will also help you gain valuable knowledge of young children’s developmental needs and abilities as well as the teaching–learning process. This hands-on knowledge and experience will help you apply and deepen your understanding of developmentally appropriate practice.

Courses you will take…

Core courses focused on child development, practice and teaching strategies will prepare you for a successful career in childcare and teaching.

Courses include:

  • Child, Family and Community
  • Four Field Experiences in Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Education Theories and Practices
  • General Psychology, Child Development and Psychology of Learning and Education
  • Cultural Diversity and Relationship Building
  • Infancy Through Preschool: C&T
  • Arts and Humanities in Early Childhood
  • Teaching Movement, Health and Physical Education
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