The A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education prepares the student for a career in child care and early education. The program includes both educational theory and the practical application of learning. Graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills to deliver appropriate programming for young children (birth through age 8) and their families.
Public School Teacher certification in the state of Tennessee requires a baccalaureate degree. Although many of these courses will count toward certification, students interested in certification must consult with their advisor.
Program standards for the A.A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education are the Standards for Professional Preparation of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).