A.A. in Early Childhood Education

Degree Guide Key:
Traditional Day ProgramsWC
Evening & Weekend ProgramsSCD
Online ProgramsON
Graduate ProgramsGRAD


What children learn and experience during their early years can shape their foundation for future growth and development. An Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Midway College prepares you to teach infants and young children during these formative years. During our program, students learn the keys to child assessment, curriculum planning, parent communication, skills for teaching art and literature to children, and much more.

Most importantly, you will study children; how they operate, what they think and how, as an early childhood educator, you can ensure that they reach their full potential. The Midway College Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education program prepares also prepares you to achieve goals that model the leadership role of the teacher. Critical outcome components of the degree program are to teach you to:

• Think critically, solve problems and act decisively
• Demonstrate a deep knowledge and appreciation of self and others
• Demonstrate a commitment to diversity
• Demonstrate professionalism

Early Childhood Education is an employable Associate degree. Some job options include:

• Teaching in Head Start
• Teaching in pre-K programs
• Working in child care centers
• Teaching in private preschools
• Running an in-home child care center
• Working in a family child care home

Major Courses
ECE 104 Introduction to ECE
ECE 118 Art, Music & Movement
ECE 143 Child Development
ECE 202 Care & Development of Infants & Toddlers
EDU 210 Technology
ECE 210 Working with Parents
ECE 240 Children’s Literature
ECE 245 Assessment, Guidance and Evaluation
ECE 251 Curriculum Planning in ECE
ECE 255 Emergent Literacy
PSY 260 Human Growth and Development
ECE 265 Early Childhood Special Education
ECE 298 Early Childhood Practicum

The Midway College Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education program is offered on the Midway, Kentucky campus and is open to both Women’s College and co-ed adult undergraduate students.

Available through: WCSCD

  Semester Hours
General Education Requirements 23-26
Early Childhood Education Requirements* 36
Introduction to ECE (ECE 143) 3
Art, Music & Movement (ECE 118) 3
Child Development (PSY 260) 3
Care & Development of Infants & Toddlers (ECE 202) 3
Children's Literature (ECE 240) 3
Curriculum Planning in ECE (ECE 251) 3
Assessment, Guidance, and Evaluation (ECE 245) 3
Working with Parents (ECE 210) 3
Emergent Literacy (ECE 255) 3
Technology (EDU 201) 3
Early Childhood Special Education (ECE 265) 3
Early Childhood Practicum (ECE 298) 3
Total 62-65

*A minimum grade of "C" in all major courses required for graduation.