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Early Childhood Education (A.S.)

ECE Program at ACC Receives Continued Accreditation

Asnuntuck’s Early Childhood Education program has been accredited since 2012 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The program is designed to prepare qualified early childhood education students with the skills and competencies necessary to work effectively with young children from birth through age eight. This curriculum prepares students for positions as both teachers and assistant teachers in a variety of settings. For those individuals already employed in the field of early childhood education, this program will strengthen and enhance their professional competencies. In addition, a liberal arts core along with specialized early childhood education courses prepares students to transfer to baccalaureate programs for further study in child development or early childhood education.

GPA 2.0 required

Download the Early Childhood Education Program Requirement Degree Worksheet.

Number Title Credits
_ECE* 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ECE* 103 Creative Experiences/Children 3
+ECE* 210 Observation, Participation and Seminar 3
ECE* 176 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
+ECE* 215 The Exceptional Learner 3
+ECE* 231 Early Language and Literacy Development 3
+ECE* 295 Student Teaching Practicum 6


Number Title Credits
+ENG* 101 Composition 3
+ENG* 102 Literature & Composition 3
ENG* 114 Children’s Literature 3
COM* 173 Public Speaking 3
THR* 110 Acting I  
Fine Arts:
Number Title Credits

Fine Arts Elective
choose one course from: ART*, COM* 166, DAN*, DGA* 111, 128, ENG* 206, 207, 213, 263, 264, 281, 282, 285, 289, MUS*, THR*

Number Title Credits


Elective higher than 100
(Students who plan to transfer mathematics credit should refer to the requirements of the receiving institution)
Number Title Credits

A Science elective

Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Number Title Credits

PSY* 111

General Psychology I 3
ECE* 182 or +PSY* 203 Child Development 3
SOC* 101 Principles of Sociology 3
SOC* 190 Self & Others: Dynamics of Diversity 3
Number Title Credits

Open elective

(for transfer students, HIS* recommended)

  ECE* Elective** or SOC* Elective  
Minimum Total: 63

+ Prerequisite required

Transfer Opportunities:

Students seeking to transfer to a four year college most often continue on at Bay Path College, Elms, Westfield State University and University of Hartford, which have articulation agreements with Asnuntuck Community College. Eastern Connecticut State University is another potential transfer site as is Westfield State University.

Employment Information:

Students earning an A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education are employed as assistant teachers in day cares, preschools and Head Start programs as well as paraprofessionals working in public schools.

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Carol LaLiberte