AAS, Early Childhood Education

Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science, Early Childhood Education, prepares the graduate for a career working with young children birth through age five and their families. Students can choose electives in preschool, infant/toddler, or administration of early childhood education programs.  

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
HDFS 201 Lifespan Human Development 3
Mathematics 3 3
ENG 101
Composition I (Communications/English)
or Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
Communications/English 4 3
ECE 130 Infancy 3
ECE 204 Principles of Child Guidance 3
ECE 210 Observation, Documentation and Assessment of Young Children 3
HDFS 232 Diversity in Children 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
ECE 200 The Exceptional Child 3
ECE 251 Curriculum in Early Childhood Education 3
HDFS 202 Introduction to Families 3
NUTR 121 Human Nutrition 3
Elective 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
ECE 121 Parent Caregiver Relationships 1
ECE 231 Preschool Practicum: Early Childhood Lab 3
MGT 212 Leadership and Human Relations 3
Elective 2
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science 3 3
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 3 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units60

The AAS in Early Childhood Education Emphasis 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 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 and Multilingual 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
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
ECE 251Curriculum in Early Childhood Education3
ECE 231Preschool Practicum: Early Childhood Lab 23
HDFS 201Lifespan Human Development3
HDFS 202Introduction to Families3
ECE 121Parent Caregiver Relationships1
Elective Requirements 1 5
Social/Emotional Development for Infants and Toddlers
Role of Play for Infants and Toddlers
Special Topics in ECE
Administration of the Preschool
Early Foundations in Mathematics
Exploration of Children's Literature
Any ECE courses not listed
Total Units60

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 elective requirements.


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) Professional 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.