Early Childhood Education (A.A.S)


Badging Opportunities

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Complete four courses to earn the Basic Early Education Digital Badge. To learn more about the Walters State badging program click here.


Career Information

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Additional Information

What can you do with an Associate of Applied Science Degree?
Typical job opportunities:

  • Head Start Teacher or Assistant Teacher
  • Child-care and Education Center Administrator
  • Child-care and Education Center Teacher or Assistant Teacher
  • Pre K , Kindergarten or Elementary School Classroom Assistant

(Please note that teaching kindergarten through third grade requires a four-year degree)


Preparing for the CDA (Child Development Associate Credential)

Students who are interested in preparing for a CDA credential can take the required courses to prepare for the CDA at Walters State. The AAS program includes the coursework that supports educational requirements for the CDA credential. This credential is awarded by the Council for Professional Development.

Check with an Early Childhood Education advisor for a list of courses which are needed to meet educational requirements for National Child Development Associate (CDA) credentialing preparation.


A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education Curriculum

Early Childhood Education Conceptual Framework

Program Outcome Data 

ECED Candidate Learning Objectives and Outcome Data 2020-2022 


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The A.A.S. Early Childhood Education Degree at Walters State Community College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The current accreditation term runs from March 2021 through March 2028. 



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