2024-2025 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jul 13, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog and Student Handbook

Early Childhood Education-Career Track (A55220CR), AAS

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Career Track

This track is designed for those individuals who are interested in a career in the Early Childhood field but do not intend on transferring to a four-year institution.


The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from birth through eight in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.

Course work includes child growth and development; physical/nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communication skills with families and children. Students will foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional and creative development of young children.

Graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in early childhood settings. Employment opportunities include child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start Programs, and school age programs.

Admission Requirements and Special Conditions

A high school diploma (or equivalent), satisfactory scores on college placement tests (or equivalent) and a minimum GPA in English and mathematics are required. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, RCC offers pre-college courses to prepare students for the Early Childhood Associate curriculum.

Program Curriculum

Class Hours 16 | Lab Hours 2 | Credit Hours 17

Second Semester (Spring)

Class Hours 17 | Lab Hours 2 | Credit Hours 18

Class Hours 17 | Lab Hours 2 | Credit Hours 18

Class Hours 13 | Lab Hours 9 | Credit Hours 16

Total Credit Hours 69

Additional Curriculum Notes

  1. The Humanities/Fine Arts elective can be satisfied by completing one of the following: ART 111 , ENG 231 ENG 232 , ENG 241 , ENG 242 , MUS 110 MUS 112 , PHI 215  or PHI 240 .
  2. Criminal Background Check: Students entering the Early Childhood Practicum are required to undergo a criminal background check and/or drug testing prior to participation at the practicum site. Students should be aware that their progress to graduation might be limited by an inability to complete the practicum portion of the program. Additionally, students are responsible for submitting appropriate and required documentation to their practicum site director. The student is responsible for the scheduling and costs associated with completing this requirement and mandatory tests such as TB tests.

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