Jul 17, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

Pre-Kindergarten, AAS

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs

The early childhood development (ECO) degree program prepares individuals for teaching positions in child care facilities, Head Start centers, and pre-schools as well as provides professional training for in-home child care providers. The curriculum integrates classroom and field experiences to provide the student with the opportunity to apply skills and techniques in fostering the young child’s language, cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and creative growth.

This program is approved by the Ohio Department of Education for the Pre-Kindergarten Associate License. A student who wishes to be recommended for the Pre-Kindergarten Associate License must meet the criteria of the program as stated in the student handbook and must formally apply for admission. Students must also show completion of standard first aid training, child CPR, common childhood illness recognition and child abuse and neglect training through approved community providers or online to be eligible for licensure. The student must have day-time availability for field placements.

All students are required to have a documentation file which includes: a recent medical statement, ODJFS Background Check and records check through the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification and the FBI. The appropriate forms are available from Education faculty and/or the division secretary. Specific program policies are stated in the ECO/EDU/EDP Student Handbook.

Career Outlook

Employment of preschool teachers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected due to a continued focus on the importance of early childhood education.

Program Learning Outcomes

Learners will be able to:

  1. Apply content knowledge in early childhood learning environments.
  2. Create learning environments that promote growth and development and achievement for all students.
  3. Describe and apply instructional strategies to promote students’ learning and meet the needs and interests of all students.

  4. Construct and use varied assessments to inform instruction, evaluate, and ensure student learning in Pre-Kindergarten learning environments.

  5. Collaborate and communicate with students, families, other educators, administrators, and the community to support student learning.

  6. Demonstrate responsibility for professional growth, performance and involvement as an individual and as a member of a learning community.

Total Credits: 18

Total Credits: 15-16

Total Credits: 17

Total Credits: 14

Total Program Hours: 64-65

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs