Early Childhood Education Technology

Students earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education Technology. The program supports the development of teachers of young children, ages birth through eight years. Students gain knowledge and skills that support children's growth while working in partnership with parents. The program offers educational opportunities for experienced educators as well as those beginning in the profession. Courses are offered both days and evenings, providing flexibility for students' schedules. The program may be entered during any semester and can be completed as a part-time or full-time student.

Completion of the Associate in Applied Science Degree meets professional standards in a broad range of early childhood education settings. Graduates of the Early Childhood Education Technology program are leaders in the community in serving children and families. Students earning an Associate in Applied Science Degree, with plans to transfer to a four-year college teaching credential program, may link to university and counseling departments at Alcorn State University, Delta State University, Jackson State University, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women, Mississippi Valley State University, Rust College, Tougaloo College and The University of Southern Mississippi.


Requirements for Admission

• High School Graduate

• G.E.D.

• ACT Composite score of 14 or Placement score of 37

Major Courses Taught

Coursework strengthens theoretical learning with a high level of skill development and practical application. Some courses include: Early Childhood Profession, Nutrition, Health & Safety for Children, Language/Literacy Development for Children, Guiding Social and Emotional Behavior, Methods and Materials for Children, Creative Arts for Children, Laboratory Practice Teaching I & II.


Occupational Skill Training

Child Care Center Director/Owner, Head Start Teacher/Aide, Child Care Teacher, Family Child Care Home Provider, Before and After School-age Provider, Early Intervention/Special Needs Programs, Para-Teacher/Aide, Home Visitor, Nanny


Requirements for Graduation

• Career Planning and Assessment System Exam (MS-CPAS)

• Completion of 68 Academic/Child Development Technology semester credit hours


Employment Opportunities

Traditional Child Care Center Director/Owner, Head Start Teacher/Aide, Child Care Teacher, Family Child Care Home Provider, Before and After School-age Provider, Early Intervention/Special Needs Programs, Para-Teacher/Aide, Home Visitor, Nanny

Related

Family and Human Services Worker, Social Services Aide, Nursing Home Aide/Worker Technician, Faith Community Coordinators for families & children