Early Childhood Education, AAS


Program Description

The FSHD Department offers an AAS degree in Early Childhood Education as well an AA/AS.  The AAS requires fewer GE classes.  All classes for this degree are offered online except for a required science class. Experience both academic theory and hands-on application through a series of classes, lab experiences and practicum to develop an understanding of physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of young children and acquire skill in planning and implementing programs that promote development. The program prepares you to work in a variety of early childhood education settings including child care centers, nursery schools, Head Start programs, school-age child care programs, and family day care homes. The Early Childhood Education AAS/AS/AA degree prepares students for employment as teachers in childhood programs and para-professionals in public school preschools.  This degree can also prepare you to move into an Elementary Education Bachelors Degree.


Program Curriculum

63 credits

General Education Requirements
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing (EN)3
or ENGL 1010D Introduction to Writing (EN)
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN)3
Complete one of the following Mathematics GE courses:
MATH 1030Quantitative Reasoning (MA)3-4
or MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (MA)
or MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA)
Complete the following:
FSHD 1020Sci Foundations of Nutrition (LS)3
Complete one of the following Social & Behavioral Sciences GE courses
FSHD 1500Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)3
or PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)
Core Discipline Requirements
EDUC 2010Intro to Exceptional Learners3
EDUC 2400Foundations Multicultural/ESL (SS, GC, ALCI)3
FSHD 2120Infant and Child Nutrition3
FSHD 2180Partnering With Parents2
FSHD 2500Child Devel - Birth to Eight3
FSHD 2600Intro to Early Childhood Educ3
FSHD 2610Child Guidance Based on Developmental Theory3
FSHD 2620Designing Integrated Curriculum with Play3
FSHD 2630Literacy and Literature for Early Childhood3
FSHD 2880Practicum Early Childhood Educ3
Elective Courses
Complete 15 - 24 credits of electives
Recommended electives:
FSHD 2400Family Relationships (SS, GC)3
BUS 1010Introduction to Business3
XSCI 1543First Aid / Resp Emergencies3
EDUC 1010Foundations/Intro to Education3

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 63 college-level credits (1000 and above)
  2. Complete at least 20 lower-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  3. Cumulative GPA 2.75 or higher.
  4. All Core Discipline Required Courses must be completed with a C- or higher.