Early Care and Education
Early Care and Education is a 30-credit-hour program of study consisting of eight classes. The program offers students a variety of degree options ard pathways of study. Students will investigate leading theories of child development and methodologies for curriculum planning and assessment. Through class lectures, observation studies, field work with mentor teachers, service learning, and opporturities for discussion with award winning faculty, students will engage with the best practices designed for the study of early education.
The Certificate of Proficiency is a 30 credit hour program option that can be completed in one year, offering the first step toward an AAS degree. Students choose the CP option for a variety of reasons: 1) as an entry level credential, 2) as a credential to validate employment after obtaining a degree in another discipline, 3) as a pathway toward the AAS degree. Students who complete the 30 credit hour certificate of proficiency will be able to find employment immediately upon graduation. The Certificate of Proficiency is designed to provide one half of the AAS degree.
The Early Care and Education program is aligned wth education standards for Associate Degree programs set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The profession offers opportunities for teaching and working in a wide range of programs and agencies that serve young children and their families. St. Louis Community College prepares students to work with young children from infancy through age eight in a variety of settings such as preschool, day care, Head Start programs, youth development, as teacher assistants in elementary school settings, or for management positions such as program director, or as child and family advocates for community agencies.
The Certificate of Proficiency in Early Care and Education is an option of the Early Care and Education program. More information is available at Early Care and Education.
In addition, an Associate in Applied Science in Early Care and Education and a Certificate of Specialization in Early Care and Education in available.