The Education Department of University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College offers the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Early Childhood Development, a Technical Certificate in Early Childhood Development, a Certificate of Proficiency in Early Childhood Development.
The AAS degree is designed to meet the needs of persons interested in working with children from birth through pre-kindergarten. Students must earn a grade of “C" or better in each course to satisfy requirements for the AAS degree. Upon completion of this degree and successfully passing the exit exam, students may apply for the Birth through Pre-kindergarten Teaching Credential through the Division of Early Care and Education of the Arkansas Department of Human Services.
To ensure you are working with the correct degree plan, it is important to meet with an Education advisor at the very beginning of your coursework at University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College. If you are transferring from another college it is very important to have your official transcript audited by the Office of the Registrar to make sure you are not taking courses that you have already completed.
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Degree Plan Options
The Associate of Science in Education (ASE) degree is for students who want to complete the first two years of a baccalaureate degree in education and transfer to a four-year institution.
Early Childhood Development: Associate of Applied Science
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Development is designed to meet the competencies required for the Birth through Pre-Kindergarten Teaching Credential which is required by Act 187 passed by the Arkansas Legislature during the 2009 session. This degree will allow a graduate to apply for the Birth through Pre-Kindergarten Teaching Credential from the Division of Early Care and Education of the Department of Human Services. It will allow the graduate to be the lead teacher in a nonpublic school classroom or in a Head Start classroom while continuing to pursue a Bachelor’s degree from another institution of higher education. The student will also be qualified to serve as a para-professional in a public school pre-kindergarten classroom. It will not allow the graduate to be the lead teacher in a public school pre-kindergarten classroom.
Early Childhood Development: Technical Certificate
The Early Childhood Development Technical Certificate contains courses in curriculum development and child behavior. Some of these courses are designed to meet the mandatory competencies for the Birth through Pre-kindergarten Teaching Credential required by Act 187, passed by the Arkansas Legislature during the 2009 session.
Early Childhood Development: Certificate of Proficiency
The Certificate of Proficiency in Early Childhood Development contains the basic courses that lay a solid foundation for a person wishing to pursue a career working with young children, birth through prekindergarten. The one-semester Certificate of Proficiency allows students to partially meet the requirements to apply for the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) issued by the CDA Council in Washington, DC.