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2017-2018 VSCC Catalog 
2017-2018 VSCC Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education - A.A.S.

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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).

All students graduating with a degree from VSCC are required to take the Educational Testing Service Proficiency Profile (ETSP). More information can be found at

Early Childhood Guided Elective - Credits (6)

Choose two courses (six credits) from the following list:

Total Degree Requirements - Credits (61)

Computer Literacy Requirement

See for computer literacy requirements.

Career and Salary Information

Career Beginning Salary Experienced Salary
Child Care Worker $16,000 $24,000
Nanny $20,000 $24,000
Head Start Teaching Assistant $24,172 $36,800

Career and salary information taken from  Check out this website for additional information about education requirements and preferred work styles and abilities for these careers.  Salaries are not guaranteed.

Recommended Schedule

This is a recommended schedule. Learning Support, pre-requisites and other academic factors may impact this schedule.  See your advisor to create a degree plan.

DegreeWorks, along with the correct catalog, should be utilized by students for all of their educational planning.  Students can monitor their progress toward a degree or certificate and view missing requirements with the DegreeWorks audit, which is accessible through My Volstate.

Second Year - Spring Semester - Credits (15)

  • Early Childhood Elective (Choose from list above) Credits: (3)
  • Early Childhood Elective (Choose from list above) Credits: (3)

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