What will I study?
In conjunction with the University' s commitment to building Christlike character, the Associate of Science degree in Early Childcare and Development exists to prepare students to work with young children and families in church ministries as well as public, private, and home-based child development centers. It seeks to provide students with a biblical worldview, a strong foundation in child growth and development, and skills in creating, nurturing environments and appropriate experiences for young children. The degree requires 32 credits of core coursework with field experiences that are designed to help students gain real-world experience working with young children and families alongside teachers and other childhood professionals. The degree does not lead to state-endorsed teacher licensure.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will ...
-- Apply knowledge of child growth and development to create healthy and supportive environments for young children.
-- Create effective experiences and materials to support young children's growth and development.
-- Provide appropriate care of young children (birth to age eight) in accordance with local and ethical guidelines.
-- Demonstrate understanding of responsible assessment of young children.
-- Use developmentally appropriate approaches with young children.
-- Create meaningful and appropriate curriculum for young children.
-- Demonstrate biblical thinking in personal and professional endeavors.