Early Childhood Education AS
Early Childhood Education (AS 2358)
Type of Award
AS - Associate in Science
This degree program provides the student with a thorough background in all aspects of child development as well as expanding his or her classroom knowledge into practical hands-on teaching experience.
The program also provides the student with the training and information they need to pursue a career working with infants through school age children.
Program Learning Outcomes
For detailed information, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/learningoutcomes/Program-Learning-Outcomes.
- Have a standard high school diploma or GED;
- Complete an Application for Admission, located at
Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.
The program can be finished in two years if you attend full time or three years if you attend part time.
The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.
For More Information
Dr. Colleen Fawcett, (561) 868-3349
To see when the course is offered, click the course number. To see a course description, click the course title.
|General Education||Credits: 15|
|ENC1101||College Composition 1||3|
|SPC1017||Fundamentals of Speech Communication||3|
|Any course from Natural Sciences - Area IV, Tier 1 & 2||3|
|Any course from Humanities - Area II||3|
|Required Courses||Credits: 33|
|EDG1314||Education Practicum 1||3|
|ENC1102||College Composition 2 *||3|
|EEC1601||Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood||3|
|EEC2710||Conflict Resolution in Early Childhood||3|
|EEC2271||Teaching Children with Special Needs||3|
|EDF2085||Introduction to Diversity for Educators||3|
|EEC2734||Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child||3|
|CHD1220||Child Development, Infancy/Preschool||3|
|EDF1030||Behavior Management in the Classroom||3|
|DEP2102||Child Growth and Development||3|
|MTB1103||Business Mathematics **|
|Any course from Mathematics-Area III|
|Any credit math approved by department||3|
|Required College Credit Certificate (CCC) Courses||Credits: 12|
|Complete one of the following Certificates to complete this AS program:|
|Child Care Center Management CCC 6366||12|
|EEC1523; EEC2002; EEC2202; EEC2521|
|Infant/Toddler CCC 6367||12|
|EEC1001; EEC1522; EEC2201; EEC2407|
|Pre-School CCC 6368||12|
|EEC1001; EEC1300; EEC1311; EEC1312|
|Total Program Credits: 60|
|*EDG1315 Practicum 2 may be taken instead of ENC1102 only by students not planning
to transfer to a university.
**(Or higher. Students planning to transfer to a university should see an advisor.)
Students who complete this program can seek educator, caregiver or manager positions within licensed child care centers, in private and public school settings and in afterschool/mentoring programs, such as Head Start. Head Start is a federal program that requires its teachers to have earned at least an A.S. or A.A. degree.
Career Path Notes
Students who have earned either a Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC), Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) from Palm Beach State or the School District of Palm Beach County, or a National Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential can articulate the credential towards an Associate in Science degree (A.S.) in Early Childhood Education (2358) for the following 9 college credit hours: EEC2271 - Teaching Children with Special Needs, EEC2734 - Health, Safety and Nutrition for the Young Child, and CHD1220 - Child Development infancy/Preschool.
The articulation will be processed upon request once students have completed 15 college credits toward the A.S. degree (2358). For more information call (561) 868-3807.
Course from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State’s Bachelor of Applied
Science program in Supervision and Management. For more information, see the Web at
In addition, the Early Childhood Education A.S. degree will articulate to Florida Atlantic University’s Bachelor in Early Childhood Education (BECE) degree and to Lynn University’s Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Grade K-6.
For more information about employment opportunities including job outlook and salary information visit:
Occupational Outlook Handbook: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/
O-Net Online: http://online.onetcenter.org/