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Early Childhood Education AAS
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Contact: Cindy Stevens
This program is offered in person; however, some of the course work may be available in online or hybrid format- discuss options with your advisor.
This program is designed to prepare students with the skills needed to be successful working with young children in infant/toddler and early childhood care educational settings.
This credential may lead students directly into the Bachelor of Science Degree in Teaching and Learning.
Graduates are prepared to:
- Know and understand young children's characteristics and needs.
- Know and understand the multiple influences on development and learning.
- Use developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments.
- Know about and understand family and community characteristics.
- Support and empower families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
- Involve families and communities in their children's development and learning.
- Understand the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment.
- Know about and use observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches.
- Understand and practice responsible assessment.
- Know about assessment partnerships with families and other professionals.
- Know, understand, and use positive relationships and supportive interactions.
- Know and understand the importance, central concepts, inquiry tools, and structures of content areas or academic disciplines.
- Use own knowledge and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curriculum to promote positive outcomes.
- Identify and involve themselves with the early childhood field.
- Know about and uphold ethical standards and other professional guidelines.
- Engage in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice.
- Integrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education.
Estimated Resident Program Cost*
|Tuition and Fees||$7,064|
Fall 2023 MUS Student Health Insurance Premiums may be changing. Please check the Health Insurance website and/or Student Central for confirmed premium rates. Students will be charged an additional fee of $21 per credit for online/hybrid courses for only Summer 2023 classes.
|(Students who complete the first semester of courses are eligible for the Early Childhood Education Certificate of Technical Studies degree.)|
|ECP 100||First Aid and CPR +||1|
|EDEC 108||Introduction to Early Childhood Education +||3|
|EDEC 130||Health, Safety & Nutrition in Early Childhood +||4|
|EDEC 249||Infant/Toddler Development and Group Care +||4|
|EDEC 251||Montana Preschool Teacher Education +||4|
|(Students who complete the first year of courses are eligible for the Early Childhood Education Certificate of Applied Science degree.)|
|COMX 115||Introduction to Interpersonal Communication +||3|
|EDEC 210||Meeting the Needs of Families w/ lab +||4|
|EDEC 230||Guiding the Young Child with Lab +||4|
|M 105||Contemporary Mathematics **,+||3|
|WRIT 101||College Writing I **,+||3|
|EDEC 254||Infant/Toddler Evidenced-Based Practices and Assessment *,+||4|
|EDEC 273||Early Childhood Curriculum and Environments I +||4|
|EDEC 275||Early Childhood Integrated Curriculum and Environments II *,+||4|
|Select one of the following:|
|EDEC 247||Child and Adolescent Growth and Development +||4|
|PSYX 230||Developmental Psychology +||3|
|(Students who complete the two-year program are eligible for the Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science degree)|
|EDEC 256||Infant/Toddler Family Partnerships and Family-Centered Interventions *,+||4|
|EDEC 265||Leadership and Professionalism in Early Childhood Education *,+||4|
|EDEC 268||Administering Early Care and Education Programs +||4|
|Gen Ed Core Elective in Music, Art, or Nat. Science||3-4|
A grade of C- or above is required for graduation.
Indicates prerequisites needed.
Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment.