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Associate in Applied Science

Early Child Education and Development - Curriculum


MCC Campus(s): Penn Valley

Program Coordinator:Jennifer Copeland 816.604.4208

IMPORTANT: Degree and certificate requirements may change! Please consult an academic advisor before enrolling.

This program, which leads to either an Associate in Applied Science degree or a certificate, prepares students for jobs in child care. Requirements for the degree and certificate are listed below.

Admission to the Program:

To be admitted to the program, students must complete the following application process:

  1. Complete the MCC-Penn Valley admissions process.
  2. Complete a background check by going to:
  3. Attend the New Student Welcome


A.A.S. Early Child Education and Development

COLL 100 First Year Seminar 1
ENGL 101 Composition & Reading I 3
HIST 120
HIST 121
POLS 135
POLS 136
POLS 137
United States History to 1865 ~or~
United States History Since 1865 ~or~
Intro to Political Science ~or~
Intro to American National Politics ~or~
Intro to State and Local Politics
COMM 100
COMM 102
Fundamentals of Speech ~or~
Fundamentals of Human Communication

General Education Electives: Any course(s) numbered 100 or above from the following disciplines: ART, ANTH, ECON, ENGL, Foreign Language, GEOG (except 104, 110 and GIS Courses), HIST, HUMN, MSCM, MUSI, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, SIGN, SOSC, SOCI, COMM/THEA 3-5
General Education Electives: Any course(s) numbered 100 or above from the following disciplines: BIOL, CHEM, GEOG (104 & 110), GEOL, MATH, PHSC, PHYS. 3-5
Total General Education Requirements 18-20
(General education requirements must total 18 credit hours.  Select electives carefully.)
Specific Emphasis Requirements
ECED 101 Fundamentals of Early Care and Education 3
ECED 110 Child Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
ECED 113 Child Growth and Development I 3
ECED 128 Curriculum in Early Childhood Education 3
ECED 132 Learning Environments 3
ECED 149 Observation & Assessment 3
ECED 201 Language Development 3
ECED 213 Child Growth & Development II 3
ECED 217 Literature for Young Children 3
ECED 220 Child Care Management 3
ECED 236 Child Guidance 3
ECED 255 Capstone Practicum Experience 3
ECED 260 Education of the Exceptional Child 3
ECED 262 Families, Early Care, and Communities 3
ECED 270 Portfolio Design 2