About the Early Childhood Education and Management (AS) Program

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education and Management is a two-year, 60 credit hour program for students who want to prepare for various early childhood careers, such as Early Childhood Infant/Toddler/Pre-Kindergarten Teacher (in private, public, or faith-based centers, schools, and homes), Trainer, Mentor, Owner, Director, Caseworker, Family Support Specialist, and Home Visitor. Of those, 60 credit hours, 17-18 hours are general education courses; the remainder are comprised of program-technical courses.

Examples of required courses for Polk State’s Early Childhood degree programs include:

  • Introduction to Diversity for Educators
  • Introduction to the Teaching Profession
  • Introduction to Working with Children with Special Needs
  • Strategies for Working with Children with Special Needs
  • Introduction to Principles of Math and Science for the Young Child
  • Child Growth and Development
  • Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Facilitating Development
  • Early Learning Practicum
  • Overview of Childcare Management
  • Observing Children
  • Professionalism for Childcare Educators