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, our students 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 prepares students to achieve goals that model the leadership role of the teacher. Critical outcome components of the degree program are to teach our students to 1) think critically, solve problems, and act decisively, 2) demonstrate a deepening knowledge and appreciation of self and others, 3) demonstrate a commitment to diversity, and 4) demonstrate professionalism.

Performance outcomes within the National Association for Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs Standards are also embedded within the program. These standards include the following:
• promoting child development and learning
• building family and community partnerships
• observing, documenting, and assessing to support young children and families
• using developmentally effective approaches to connect with children and families
• using content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum
• becoming a professional

The Midway College Associate of Arts in Early Childhood is offered on the Midway, Kentucky campus and is open to both Women’s College and Co-Ed Adult Undergraduate students.

Early Childhood Education is an employable Associates degree. Some job options include:
• Teaching in Head Start
• Working in Child Care Centers
• Running an In Home Child Care Center
• Teaching in Pre-K Programs
• Teaching in Private Preschools
• Working in a Family Child Care Home

The Midway College Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education program prepares teachers to work in child care centers, Head Start progams, teach in private preschools, and direct in home child care. The curriculum includes working with families, curriculum planning, children's literature, special education, guidance, and assessment courses for working with children ages birth though age 6.

This AA program was developed based on the standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs outlined by the benchmark professional organization of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

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.