AAS, Early Childhood Education

Administration of Early Care and Education Programs

The Associate of Applied Science, Early Childhood Education, Administration of Early Care and Education Programs 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:

  • 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 
  • Demonstrate proficiency as a preschool teacher in an early childhood education program.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the administration of early care and education programs.

The AAS in Early Childhood Education Preschool Emphasis, AAS in Early Childhood Education Infant/Toddler Emphasis, and the AAS in Early Childhood Education Administration of Early Care and Education Programs Emphasis, at TMCC are 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.

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 pre-requisite/co-requisite 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.

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 1
COM 215Introduction to Group Communication3
ENG 101Composition I3
or ENG 113 Composition I for International Students
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science3
General Psychology
Principles of Sociology
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
HDFS 201Lifespan Human Development3
HDFS 202Introduction to Families3
Emphasis Requirements 1
ECE 121Parent Caregiver Relationships1
ECE 123Health and Nutrition for Young Children1
ECE 231Preschool Practicum: Early Childhood Lab 22
ECE 240Administration of the Preschool3
ECE 244Practicum in Administration in ECE Programs 22
ECE 245Practicum Seminar 22
ECE 251Curriculum in Early Childhood Education3
MGT 171Supervision3
Total Units65
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
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition I for International Students
HDFS 201 Lifespan Human Development 3
Mathematics 3 3
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
ECE 123 Health and Nutrition for Young Children 1
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
MGT 171 Supervision 3
 Semester Total16
3rd semester
COM 215 Introduction to Group Communication 3
ECE 200 The Exceptional Child 3
ECE 231 Preschool Practicum: Early Childhood Lab (Fall Lab) 2
ECE 251 Curriculum in Early Childhood Education 3
HDFS 202 Introduction to Families 3
NUTR 121 Human Nutrition 3
 Semester Total17
4th semester
ECE 240 Administration of the Preschool 3
ECE 244 Practicum in Administration in ECE Programs (Spring Lab) 2
ECE 245 Practicum Seminar 2
MGT 212 Leadership and Human Relations 3
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science 4 3
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 3 3
 Semester Total16
 Total Units65