Associate of Early Childhood Education


The Early Childhood Education degree (AECE) program prepares students for the vocation of an early childhood professional. ECE professionals work with children from infancy to 8 (eight) years old in preschools, daycare centers, Head Start, or other child development facilities. The role of the ECE professional is to work with children and their families to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth needed for primary school.

This associate degree program trains students in all facets of Early Childhood Education through the lens of a Biblical worldview. At the completion of this program the graduate may apply for a Child Development Associate (CDA) level 9 credential through the Oregon registry.

Successful completion of the AECE degree program will equip the graduate to:

  1. Develop and articulate a Biblical philosophy of education as a foundation for their teaching.
  2. Analyze, create, and implement development goals and learning strategies based on a child's needs.
  3. Promote childhood development and learning.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to integrate Biblical truth, learning theory, and knowledge of human development in an ECE professional role.

Associate of Early Childhood Education Course Requirements

Suggested Course Sequence — Two Year Plan

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