Associate of Applied Science - AAS
The AAS in Early Childhood Education prepares the student for a career in child care and early education. The program includes both educational theory and the practical application of learning. Graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills to deliver appropriate programming for young children (birth through age 8) and their families.
Public School Teacher certification in the state of Tennessee requires a baccalaureate degree. Although many of these courses will count toward certification, students interested in certification must consult with their advisor. Program standards for the AAS degree in Early Childhood Education are the Standards for Professional Preparation of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
The degree program and the courses that comprise it are offered through a cooperative development and delivery model among TBR institutions. In the cooperative model arrangement, TBR institutions share valuable intellectual resources to enrich program offerings.
As an online student, you gain access to highly-qualified faculty from both the campus where you are studying to earn your degree as well as other institutions across the TBR system. You gain exposure to a wide range of opinions, philosophies, perspectives and experiences that you might not otherwise obtain. The students in your classes are also from other institutions across the TBR system which further contributes to a unique online learning experience.
This program is designed for students who plan to enter the field upon graduation. Students intending to transfer to a bachelor's program are advised to check with their academic advisor and the four-year institution regarding specific transfer of courses. Students planning to transfer should major in the Associate of Science in Teaching (AST) degree with a concentration in Early Childhood Education.