Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Barrett, Lori

Early Childhood Instructor
Interim Early Childhood Coordinator
304-367-4848
304-367-4846
137 Education Building
Office Hours: 
By Appointment
Program Purpose: 

The Early Childhood Associate in Applied Science Degree includes the study of the growth and development of young children as well as the planning, preparation and implementation of appropriate curriculum and environments for early childhood programs. The program provides students with opportunities to gain practical experience working with children at the main campus Laboratory Preschool and in early childhood programs within the community.

NOTE: Students in this program must pass a background check during the first semester of their program.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the AAS degree in Early Childhood, graduates will be able to do the following:

  • Plan, prepare and implement appropriate curriculum for a high quality early childhood program based on a knowledge of child development and best practices
  • Plan classroom learning environments that are developmentally appropriate
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills, teaching methods and professional conduct while working with young children
  • Demonstrate an understanding of all West Virginia Child Care Licensing regulations for center employees.
  • Demonstrate ability to implement West Virginia Early Learning Standards while working with young children
Opportunities: 

Graduates with the Early Childhood Associate of Applied Science Degree are qualified to teach in child care centers, public pre-k as teaching assistant, private nursery schools, and as a Nanny. Graduates meet state requirements to be the director of a Type I, II or III child care center in the state of West Virginia. Other employment opportunities include positions in public and private organizations providing services for children.  Pierpont C&TC has an articulation agreement that allows graduates with the Early Childhood AAS Degree to apply all credit hours towards the Child Development and Family Studies Bachelor of Science Birth through pre-Kindergarten teacher certification degree at West Virginia University.

Notice to Students: 

It is the responsibility of the student to meet with their assigned advisor to schedule all courses for the completion of this degree; Failure to seek assistance of an advisor may delay graduation.

Permission is required to carry over 18 hours per semester. To be eligible, the student must be in their last semester prior to graduation or have a semester or cumulative 3.00 GPA; Hours may not exceed 25 in any given semester.

The semester before planned graduation, the student should schedule a Senior Evaluation through the

Registrar’s office and must apply for graduation before the deadline as stated in the current college catalog.

Students are reminded to review campus policies and procedures as stated in the college catalog.

Students must achieve a “C” or better in all EC classes to graduate.

Students wanting to transfer to WVU via the 2+2 Articulation Agreement to complete a four-year degree and WV Birth – Pre-K teaching certificate should take MTH 1207 as the General Studies Elective.

Grades of “C” or better required for ENGL 1104, 1108 and 1109 for graduation. 

Program Total Credit Hours: 
60 CHs
Support Coursework: 
15 CHs

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)

INTR 2200

Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
3
CH(s)

SCY 1101

Introductory Sociology
3
CH(s)

GNED ELEC

General Studies Elective
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s): 18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 450 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing Skills Set of ASSET; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104.
ENGL 1109 may be substituted for ENGL 1108. ENGL 1108 & 1109 Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1104.
GNED ELEC (General Studies Elective):  Must be from Math or Science grouping.

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
45 CHs

EC 1105

Development of Young Children
3
CH(s)

EC 1106

Health and Safety in Early Childhood Programs
2
CH(s)

EC 1107

Early Childhood Curriculum
3
CH(s)

EC 1130

Foundations of Early Childhood
3
CH(s)

EC 2206

The Child in the Family
3
CH(s)

EC 2210

Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood Education
3
CH(s)

EC 2230

Classroom Strategies
3
CH(s)

EC 2231

Administration of Early Childhood Programs
3
CH(s)

EC 2232

Early Childhood Practicum I
3
CH(s)

EC 2233

Early Childhood Observation and Assessment
3
CH(s)

EC 2240

Infant Toddler Development and Care
3
CH(s)

EC 2283

Cognitive Development
3
CH(s)

EC 2995

Early Childhood Practicum II
4
CH(s)

EDUC 2220

Early Childhood Inclusion & Special Education
3
CH(s)

FOSM 1120

Nutrition in Childhood & Adolescence
3
CH(s)

EC 2283 Prerequisite(s):  Minimum Math ACT score of 15, or SAT score of 330.

Model Schedule
Fall Semester

EC 1106

Health and Safety in Early Childhood Programs
2
CH(s)

EC 1130

Foundations of Early Childhood
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

SCY 1101

Introductory Sociology
3
CH(s)

GNED ELEC

General Studies Elective
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
14 CHs

A MATH competency demonstrated by a Math ACT of 15, SAT of 330.
GNED ELEC (General Studies Elective):  Must be from Math or Science grouping.

Spring Semester

EC 1105

Development of Young Children
3
CH(s)

EC 1107

Early Childhood Curriculum
3
CH(s)

EC 2230

Classroom Strategies
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)

INTR 2200

Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

EC 1105 offered in Spring Semester only.
EC 1107 and EC 2230 offered in Spring and Summer Semesters.

Fall Semester

EC 2232

Early Childhood Practicum I
3
CH(s)

EC 2233

Early Childhood Observation and Assessment
3
CH(s)

EC 2240

Infant Toddler Development and Care
3
CH(s)

EC 2283

Cognitive Development
3
CH(s)

EDUC 2220

Early Childhood Inclusion & Special Education
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

EC 2232, 2240 and 2283 offered in Fall Semester only.
EC 2283 Prerequisite(s): Minimum Math ACT score of 15, or SAT score of 330.

Spring Semester

EC 2206

The Child in the Family
3
CH(s)

EC 2210

Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood Education
3
CH(s)

EC 2231

Administration of Early Childhood Programs
3
CH(s)

EC 2995

Early Childhood Practicum II
4
CH(s)

FOSM 1120

Nutrition in Childhood & Adolescence
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
16 CHs

EC 2206, 2231 and 2995 offered Spring Semester only.

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