Early Childhood Education
AAS = Associate of Applied Science | 60 hours

The Early Childhood programs focuses on teaching children before they enter kindergarten which provides an essential need to communities that provide programs for these young children (Birth through Pre-K years).  Students learn to work with children and their parents or caregivers. They develop an understanding of young children and the unique needs children have. They learn to provide developmentally appropriate environments and curriculum for children.  

The AAS in Early Childhood Education is tied to the Certificate of Proficiency in ECE (CDA). There may be additional requirements and fees for this major.  Please reference the Certificate of Proficiency in ECE (CDA) requirements as well.

Embedded in the Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education are the Technical Certificate in Early Childhood Education and the Certificate of Proficiency in Early Childhood Education.
Campuses Offered At
D = DeWitt Campus
H = Helena-West Helena Campus
S = Stuttgart Campus
In Person

 The learning outcomes of the program are to:

  1.  Understand child development from birth to age 8
  2.  Develop the ability to establish family and community collaboration
  3.  Be aware of professionalism required to serve in early childhood environments
  4.  Acquire knowledge about adaptations and accommodations for diverse learners in inclusive settings


  • Students will demonstrate the ability to use written and oral communication. 

  • Students will be able to demonstrate and apply principles of child development and learning theories in the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, & aesthetics development of children. 

  • Students will be able to plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum and instructional practice based on how children grow and develop.

  • Students will use informal and formal assessment strategies to plan and implement individualized curriculum and environmental teaching practices.

  • Students will demonstrate a commitment to professionalism by reflecting on their practices, articulating a philosophy and rationale for decisions and self–assessment, and evaluating the effects of their choices and actions on others.

  • Students will apply and utilize language appropriate materials for children’s emergent literacy development.

  • Students will develop and maintain positive partnerships with families and communities.

Possible Careers

Campus Contacts

Christi Freeman | Early Childhood Instructor
Yvette Robertson Barnes | Director, Early Childhood
Helena-West Helena
Christi Freeman | Early Childhood Instructor
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