Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education

Impact a child’s life with our Early Childhood Education program

The Early Childhood Education program focuses on skills involving the provision of high quality education for young children in a formal child care setting. Students will also be exposed to business administration, child care management and employee supervision. Graduates will be prepared to teach young children in an early childhood environment and also move into management positions within child care establishments or open and manage their own facility.

Sullivan’s course of study includes the classes required for the Kentucky Director’s Credential, which recognizes leadership among child care professionals and is awarded to each student upon graduation. This credential enables Sullivan’s Early Childhood Education graduates to direct and/or own their own child care center. Another benefit of Sullivan’s program is its Hire a Nanny program, which pairs graduates with employers.

Locations Where One Can Enroll:
Degrees Offered
Associate of Science Degree

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Program can be completed entirely online.

Get to know the program.
Angela Riggs and Vicke Bowman are directors of the Early Childhood Education department.

What is the most important or unique aspect about this program?
You will earn your Kentucky Director Credential after completion of the program, and you’ll earn 300 clock hours working directly with children and families.

What are good resources for finding out more on this career field?

What type of person would this program appeal to?
If a student is interested in educating children, interested in operating, directing or owning a child development center, or interested in working as an in-home nanny, that student would enjoy our program.

What specific skills or knowledge are taught in the program?

  • Child development from birth through adolescence
  • Teaching young children
  • Safety
  • Nutrition and health skills and concepts as they pertain to child and human development
  • Special needs education terminology
  • Creating and operating a child development center
  • Traveling with children
  • Interacting with families
  • Communication with children and parents
  • Creating learning environments
  • Current practices
  • Laws and licensing standards in early childhood education

What are potential jobs or employment settings for graduates?

  • Professional nanny
  • Child development center child care provider
  • Teacher in child care center
  • Areas of Head Start
  • In-home family child care centers
  • After-school programs or enrichment programs
  • Owner or director of a child development center
  • Parent education

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE IN
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Length: 18 months

Time length for program completion will vary depending upon the number of courses taken per term, developmental courses when required, transfer credit accepted, lack of continuous enrollment, etc.

Course Titles Credit Hours
ACT 101 Principles of Accounting
4
COM 214 Public Speaking
4
CSC 118 Computer Applications I
4
ECE 104 Introduction to Child Care
4
ECE 114 Infant Care
4
ECE 121 Externship I
2
ECE 123 Safety and Nutrition
4
ECE 124 Growing Child I
4
ECE 131 Externship II
2
ECE 133 Health
4
ECE 141 Externship III
2
ECE 142 Community Enrichment
4
ECE 144 Growing Child II
4
ECE 152 Creative Enrichment
4
ECE 164 Family Systems
4
ECE 194 Child Care Professional Development
4
ECE 201 Special Needs, Evaluation and Assessment
4
ECE 202 Child Care Administration I
4
ECE 203 Child Care Administration II
4
ECE 211 Externship IV
2
ECE 212 Externship V
2
ENG 101 Composition I
4
ENG 102 Composition II
4
FYE 101 Information Literacy
4
GEO 244 North American Geography
4
MTH 101 College Mathematics
4
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective(s)
4
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective(s)
4
Total Credit Hours
102

*Courses subject to change.