Early Childhood Education (A.S.)

Early Childhood Education (A.S.)
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  Online Program

The online A.S. in Early Childhood Education provides a thorough understanding of the young child. You’ll build skills to help guide children in their early education and learn about child and family development patterns.

 Credit Hours: 60  |   Transfer: Up to 44 Credits  |   Tuition Cost


Develop Skills to Guide Children in their Early Education

This degree prepares students for a smooth transition to the B.S. in Early Childhood Education with Teacher Certification, which is available to new students in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Course Highlights


  • Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  • Creative Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Language and Literary Development
  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Settings
  • Mathematics and Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Young Children with Exceptionalities, Birth-Age 8
  • Early Childhood Program Administration

…and more!

Why UNH CPS?


  • Regionally accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE).
  • Available fully online with select on-campus courses.
  • Affordable tuition.
  • Nationally ranked online programs.
  • About 89% of our students are transfer students. Making the most of your transfer credits is our specialty.
  • Career advising is available to all students and alumni. We also extend this service to those considering their college options.
  • Faculty who are subject matter experts and share their real-world expertise, helping you apply what you learn to your personal goals and career.
  • We’re experts at assessing credit toward your undergraduate degree – not only from previous college coursework, but also for other college-level knowledge demonstrated outside the traditional classroom.

  • Completion of our free, online application for admission
  • High school diploma, completion of a high school education in a homeschool setting under state law, or demonstrate high school equivalency.
    • Successful completion of one of the following exams will be required for demonstrating high school equivalency: the GED, HiSET, or TASC

Those wishing to continue their education may apply their 60-credit associate degree toward an 120-credit bachelor’s degree. Ask your advisor for details!

Eligible individuals can apply for tuition assistance through the Early Childhood Tuition Assistance (ECTA) and Preschool Development Grant (PDG), funded by the NH Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration! 100% of tuition is covered for up to two classes per term.

Eligible individuals include childcare workers, preschool teachers, and elementary school paraprofessionals.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE TUITION ASSISTANCE OPTIONS

iSocial Grant

iSocial and the Pyramid Model

The UNH College of Professional Studies is proud to support the New Hampshire Department of Education and their iSocial State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG). The goal of this grant is to improve social-emotional outcomes of infants, toddlers and young children with disabilities (birth to age 5) through the implementation of the evidence-based Pyramid Model Framework.

Learn more about the courses and assignments that align to this model.

Curriculum & Requirements

The Associate in Science degree in Early Childhood Education has been designed to provide a thorough understanding of the young child. This program creates a broad perspective on child and family development patterns. Students develop skills to guide children in their early education.

This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH CPS Online undergraduate students should develop individual academic plans with their academic advisor during their first year at UNH.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
COM 460 Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics 4
ENG 420 The Writing Process 4
EDC 501 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 4
General Education Course 4
 Credits16
Spring
CRIT 501 Introduction to Critical Inquiry 4
EDC 502 Creative Arts in Early Childhood Education 4
MTH 402
or MTH 504
or MTH 510
Math for Our World
or Statistics
or Pre-Calculus
4
PSY 470 Child Development 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
COM 480 Visual Communication 4
EDC 503 Language and Literacy Development 4
EDC 504 Health, Safety & Nutrition in Early Childhood Settings 4
General Education Course 4
 Credits16
Spring
EDC 505 Mathematics and Science in Early Childhood Education 4
EDC 506 Young Children with Exceptionalities, Birth-Age 8 4
EDC 507 Early Childhood Program Administration 4
 Credits12
 Total Credits60

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 60 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 16 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: General Education Program

Major, Option, and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

General Education Program Requirements

A minimum grade of D- is required in all General Education coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of one course overlap between the Major and General Education areas.

ENG 420The Writing Process4
COM 460Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics4
COM 480Visual Communication4
CRIT 501Introduction to Critical Inquiry4
Select one of the following:4
MTH 402
Math for Our World
MTH 504
Statistics
MTH 510
Pre-Calculus
Knowledge of Human Behavior & Social Systems: PSY 4704
Knowledge of the Physical & Natural World4
Knowledge of Human Thought & Expression4
Total Credits32

Major Requirements

A minimum grade of C- is required in all Concentration coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of one course overlap between the Concentration and General Education areas.

Major in Early Childhood Education
EDC 501Foundations of Early Childhood Education4
EDC 502Creative Arts in Early Childhood Education4
EDC 503Language and Literacy Development4
EDC 504Health, Safety & Nutrition in Early Childhood Settings4
EDC 505Mathematics and Science in Early Childhood Education4
EDC 506Young Children with Exceptionalities, Birth-Age 84
EDC 507Early Childhood Program Administration4
Total Credits28

 
  • Attain proficiency in basic concepts, theories, and methods in Early Childhood Education.
  • Evaluate ethical principles of Early Childhood Education.
  • Communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally, with families, children, co-workers and stakeholders in Early Childhood settings.

Your Prior and Current Learning Counts


Many of our students can demonstrate college-level knowledge gained from military, workplace and volunteer-based training, and experiences. We are experts at helping students demonstrate learning and earning academic credit.

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