Early Childhood Education
Associate of Applied Science
Win Maxey-Shumate, Program Coordinator
The Early Childhood Education Technology program provides preparation for a professional career in the discipline of Early Childhood Education. This program includes classroom instruction, supervised child care center/Pre-K lab experiences, and work-based learning experiences. Students develop competencies that enable them to provide services, teach, and guide young children, ages birth to eight. Practice with age and developmentally appropriate lessons and guidance prepares the students for employment in the field of early childhood education.
The Early Childhood Education Technology curriculum is a two-year program that requires a minimum of 70/71 semester hours of course work. These minimum course requirements include 52 hours in Early Childhood Education CDT courses and at least 18 hours in general education courses. Successful completion of the Early Childhood Education Technology curriculum results in the students receiving an Associate in Applied Science degree. Students who receive an AAS program degree meet the Mississippi State Department of Health qualifications for child care director. This curriculum meets the National Association for the Education of Young Children Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation and the Mississippi Department of Education Benchmarks for Pre-Kindergarten (3 and 4 year olds).
Employment for graduates of the Early Childhood Education Technology Program may include public, private, or parochial early child care/education settings at assistant teaching, teaching, and management levels. Work sites may include commercial, industrial, institutional, recreational, and hospital childcare settings.
Courses are taught both during the day and in the evenings; however to enroll in night classes, the student must be employed in a child care center or approved field.
Transfer students from other Early Childhood Education Technology programs must have a letter of recommendation from the Program Coordinator at their previous school and take at least twelve (12) hours or three (3) Early Childhood Education classes at Meridian Community College prior to enrolling in Student Teaching I and/or Student Teaching II.
All students admitted into the program will be required to pay for fingerprinting and background checks, which will be done after admission and prior to clinical laboratories. These fees will be attached as registration fees. There are certain convictions that will prevent an individual from being eligible to participate in clinical experiences. If a student is unable to participate in clinical experiences, he/she will be dismissed from the program. For additional information, please contact the Career and Technical Education counselor or program coordinator.
Progression: To meet graduation requirements for the Early Childhood Education Technology program, students must successfully complete the specified general education courses listed under AAS Curriculum with a "C" average (grade point average of 2.00) or better. A grade of "C" or higher is required in each CDT course to progress in the program.
Admission requirements, curriculum, and other program information subject to change. See your program advisor/counselor for additional information.
Students entering the program for the first time must contact the program coordinator prior to enrolling in any child development course.