Program Info


Debbie Simpson, Curriculum Chair
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Early Childhood Education A.A.S.

For students desiring a two-year, non-transfer degree program designed to prepare them to enter the workforce, sustain an existing career, or seek specifically defined career growth opportunities, Motlow offers the Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education.

Motlow State Community College, as part of the Tennessee Board of Regents' early childhood initiative, offers courses leading to the Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education. The purpose of this major is to create a statewide early childhood academic degree and professional/career development model that prepares students for a career in child care and early education. The program includes both educational theory and the practical application of learning in alignment with National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards. Graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills to deliver appropriate programming for young children (birth through age 8) and their families. The academic coursework and clinical practicums prepares you for the CDA (Child Development Associate) assessment and credentialing.

Program Description

Motlow State Community College offers courses leading to the Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education. The major is open to all persons, including paraprofessionals, wishing to gain professional expertise in the education and care of children from infant through age eight.

The academic coursework in this program are designed:

  • to provide an introduction to the early childhood profession
  • to demonstrate practices relating to safety, health and nutrition as it relates to the early childhood setting and how to apply these practices in creating an appropriate learning environment
  • to highlight considerations of the role of the family and community in the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth of the child
  • to demonstrate research-based principles and practices for providing young children ages birth through eight a strong foundation in language and literacy
  • to highlight the standards, principles, and practices in teaching mathematics and science to young children ages birth through eight

Practical Experience

You will be involved in the following:

  • supervised practicum in early childhood practical experiences
  • curriculum planning
  • materials preparation
  • problem solving
  • skills development
  • classroom observations

Career Opportunities

  • paraprofessional
  • teacher's aide
  • teacher's assistant