AA, Early Childhood Education

Program Description

The Associate of Arts, Early Childhood Education is designed to serve students either as a stand-alone associate degree, or as a university transfer degree. The transfer option allows students to complete specific lower division courses at TMCC and obtain an Associate of Arts degree in early childhood education; and then transfer to UNR as a junior to complete a bachelor of science degree in human development and family studies. 

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ECE 190 Professionalism in Early Care and Education 3
ECE 250 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition Enhanced
or Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
3
HDFS 201 Lifespan Human Development 3
Mathematics 6 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
ECE 130 Infancy 3
ECE 204 Principles of Child Guidance 3
ECE 210 Observation, Documentation and Assessment of Young Children 3
ENG 102
Composition II
or Composition II For International and Multilingual Students
3
HDFS 232 Diversity in Children 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
ECE 251 Curriculum in Early Childhood Education 3
EDU 207 Exploration of Children's Literature 3
HDFS 202 Introduction to Families 3
NUTR 121 Human Nutrition 3
SOC 101 Principles of Sociology 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
ECE 231 Preschool Practicum: Early Childhood Lab 3
ECE 200 The Exceptional Child 3
Fine Arts 5 3
Humanities/U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 6 3
Science 5 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units60
5

See approved General Education list for the AA/AS Degree.

6

See program recommendations or requirements.

The AA in Early Childhood Education at TMCC is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, www.naeyc.org. The accreditation term runs from July 2016 through July 2023.

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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 eight). 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.
  • Students must work with the practicum instructor to arrange a practicum schedule and placement site.

Accreditation

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

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AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

To earn an AA/AS 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 AA/AS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
English3-6
Must include ENG 102 or ENG 114 1
Fine Arts3
Humanities3
Recommended:
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
Mathematics 3
Required:
Fundamentals of College Mathematics (or higher)
Science6
Required:
Human Nutrition
Social Science3
Required:
Principles of Sociology
Additional College Requirements
Diversity
Required:
HDFS 232Diversity in Children[3]
Foreign Language0
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 3[3]
Recommended:
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
Degree Requirements 2
ECE 204Principles of Child Guidance3
ECE 250Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
HDFS 201Lifespan Human Development3
HDFS 202Introduction to Families3
HDFS 232Diversity in Children3
ECE 231Preschool Practicum: Early Childhood Lab3
EDU 207Exploration of Children's Literature3
Emphasis Requirements:
ECE 130Infancy3
ECE 190Professionalism in Early Care and Education3
ECE 200The Exceptional Child3
ECE 210Observation, Documentation and Assessment of Young Children3
ECE 251Curriculum in Early Childhood Education3
Total Units60
1

If you place directly into ENG 102 or ENG 114, the additional 3 required units will become elective credit. 

2

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better, and a minimum grade of "C" must be earned in each degree and emphasis requirement.

3

Course may also count toward degree requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.

4

Students must complete the practicum experience through TMCC.

Students completing the degree will:

  • 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 and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators
    1. Child Development and Learning in Context
    2. Family-Teacher Partnerships and Community Connections
    3. Child Observation, Documentation, and Assessment
    4. Developmentally, Culturally, and Linguistically Appropriate Teaching Practices
    5. Knowledge, Application, and Integration of Academic Content in the Early Childhood Curriculum
    6. Professionalism as an Early Childhood Educator
  • Demonstrate proficiency as a preschool teacher in an early childhood program.
  • Demonstrate skill in oral and written communication related to the study and practice of early childhood education.

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. General information about general transfer agreements can be found on the Academic Advisement website. TMCC has agreements with the following institutions towards a bachelor's degree in the same of similar discipline.