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The Early Childhood Associate of Applied Science Degree includes the study of the growth and development of young children as well as the planning, preparation and implementation of appropriate curriculum and environments for early childhood programs. Students gain practical experience working with children at the campus Laboratory Preschool and in early childhood programs within the community.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the AAS degree in Early Childhood, students will be able to do the following:
Graduates with the Early Childhood Associate of Applied Science Degree are qualified to teach in child care centers, Head Start programs, private nursery schools, private preschools or to serve as a Nanny. Graduates meet state requirements to be the director of a Type I, II or III child care center in the state of West Virginia. Other employment opportunities include positions in public and private organizations providing services for children. A background check is required for students in this program and for employment in this field.
Students may continue their education by applying all credit hours to the Family & Consumer Science Child Development Specialist Degree at Fairmont State University. The associate degree must be awarded to articulate into this 2+2 degree completion program.
Pierpont Community & Technical College has an articulation agreement that allows graduates with the Early Childhood AAS Degree to apply all credit hours towards a birth through four teaching certification degree at West Virginia University.
Education Assistance -- T.E.A.C.H. WV Scholarship
The T.E.A.C.H. WV scholarship program provides assistance to early care professionals throughout the state of West Virginia. Scholarships include tuition assistance, partial book reimbursement, travel stipend, and paid release time. Scholarship applications are accepted and awarded year round. Please visit www.wvearlychildhood.org to learn more about the program and application process.