Early Childhood Education, AAS


The Associate of Applied Science, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Emphasis prepares the graduate for a career working with young children and their families based on specific interest in this area of concentration.


Students completing the degree will:

  • Fulfill the requirements of the Associate of Applied Science.
  • Demonstrate competence in the knowledge and skills defined in the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation (ECADA) Standards for Initial and Advanced Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs.
    1. Promoting Child Development and Learning
    2. Building Family and Community Relationships 
    3. Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families
    4. Using Developmentally Effective Approaches
    5. Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum
    6. Becoming a Professional 

Emphasis Outcomes

Students completing the emphasis will:

  • Demonstrate proficiency as a preschool teacher in an early childhood program.

Field Experience and Practicum Experience:

All ECE degrees require courses with field experience and practicum experience in early childhood classrooms with young children (birth to age five). Field experiences and practicum experiences are focused student teaching experiences that require the student to demonstrate specific skills in an early childhood classroom with young children. 

  • Students must complete the practicum experience through TMCC.
  • Students are required to have fingerprints, an approved background check, and a clear TB test prior to enrolling in courses with field experience or practicum experience. If a student fails to meet these requirements, or if the background check is not approved, the student will not be permitted to participate in courses with field experience or practicum experience.
  • Students must meet all of the prerequisite/corequisite requirements, as well as have the practicum instructor’s approval prior to enrolling in a practicum course.
  • Two semesters of practicum are required. Students must complete the practicum courses in two, consecutive fall and spring semesters, during the final year of the ECE program of study.
  • Students must work with the practicum instructor to arrange a practicum schedule and placement site.


The Early Childhood Education, Preschool, AAS is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation (ECADA).

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AAS degrees are generally non-transfer degrees that are designed for students to enter the workforce.

To earn an AAS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Diversity in Children
Composition I
Composition I for International Students
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science3
Principles of Sociology
General Psychology
Human Relations3
Leadership and Human Relations
Human Nutrition
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Degree Requirements 1
Required for all ECE emphases
ECE 130Infancy3
ECE 190Professionalism in Early Care and Education3
ECE 200The Exceptional Child3
ECE 204Principles of Child Guidance3
ECE 210Observation, Documentation and Assessment of Young Children3
ECE 250Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
HDFS 201Lifespan Human Development3
HDFS 202Introduction to Families3
Emphasis Requirements 1
ECE 121Parent Caregiver Relationships1
ECE 123Health and Nutrition for Young Children1
ECE 155Literacy and the Young Child1
ECE 231
Preschool Practicum: Early Childhood Lab
and Preschool Practicum: Early Childhood Lab (repeat fall and spring) 2
ECE 245Practicum Seminar 22
ECE 251Curriculum in Early Childhood Education3
ECE Electives5
Total Units65

A student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better , and a minimum grade of “C” must be earned in each of the degree and emphasis requirements.


Students must complete the practicum experience through TMCC and the course is repeated over 2 semesters. . 

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ECE 121 Parent Caregiver Relationships 1
ECE 190 Professionalism in Early Care and Education 3
ECE 250 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
HDFS 201 Lifespan Human Development 3
Mathematics 3 3
ENG 101
Composition I (Communications/English)
or Composition I for International Students
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
Communications/English 4 3
ECE 130 Infancy 3
ECE 204 Principles of Child Guidance 3
ECE 155 Literacy and the Young Child 1
ECE 210 Observation, Documentation and Assessment of Young Children 3
Emphasis Elective 4 1
HDFS 232 Diversity in Children 3
 Semester Total17
3rd semester
ECE 200 The Exceptional Child 3
ECE 231 Preschool Practicum: Early Childhood Lab (Fall Lab) 2
ECE 251 Curriculum in Early Childhood Education 3
Emphasis Elective 4 3
HDFS 202 Introduction to Families 3
NUTR 121 Human Nutrition 3
 Semester Total17
4th semester
ECE 123 Health and Nutrition for Young Children 1
ECE 231 Preschool Practicum: Early Childhood Lab (Spring Lab) 2
Emphasis Elective 4 1
ECE 245 Practicum Seminar 2
MGT 212 Leadership and Human Relations 3
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science 3 3
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 3 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units65

See approved General Education list for the AAS Degree.


See program recommendations or requirements.