Early Childhood Education
Associate of Science
What is Early Childhood Education?
Education is the profession of teaching. Early childhood education concentrates on the preschool, kindergarten and first three grades of elementary school.
Preschool children learn mainly through play and interactive activities. Their teachers capitalize on play to further language and vocabulary development, improve social skills and introduce scientific and mathematical concepts. Thus, a less structured approach is adopted, including small group lessons, one-on-one instruction and learning through creative activities such as art, dance and music.
Play and hands-on teaching are also used by kindergarten teachers, but academics begin to take priority in kindergarten. Letter recognition, phonics, numbers and awareness of nature and science, introduced at the preschool level, are taught primarily in kindergarten.
Primary-school teachers strive to give students a solid foundation for future studies.
Preschool, kindergarten and primary-school teachers introduce children to mathematics, language, science and social studies. They use games, music, artwork, films, books, computers and other tools to teach basic skills. They play a vital role in their students’ development. What children learn and experience during their early years will shape their views of themselves and the world, and can affect their later success or failure in school, work and their personal lives.
A bachelor’s degree in education is the minimum educational requirement for entering the teaching profession. This program provides you with the first two years toward completion of your bachelor’s degree.
The early childhood education associate degree program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study.
As a first-year student, you will need to take the placement test. This test does not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in classes. You must complete the placement test before you may register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.
You must have the ability to communicate, inspire trust and confidence, and motivate students, as well as understand their educational and emotional needs. You must be able to recognize and respond to individual and cultural differences in students. Flexibility and adaptability are important. You should also be organized, dependable, patient and creative. You must be able to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with other teachers, support staff, parents and members of the community. You must enjoy play. Respect for children and patience are crucial characteristics.
With your bachelor’s degree and proper licensing, your employment opportunities include the following:
- preschool teacher
- kindergarten teacher
- primary grade-school teacher
- day-care director
The UC Clermont campus is on 92 wooded acres located in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. We are relatively small and our faculty-to-student ratio is low. You will find our small class size and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.
We also maintain close ties with area school administrators through the Educational Advisory Committee (representatives from the classroom, pupil personnel, counselors and county board of education offices).
Ties to our local community are also strengthened by the service learning component added to most education courses. You will provide valued assistance in area schools as you connect learned academic theory to real-world experiences.
For information about teaching in the state of Ohio, visit the Ohio Department of Education website.
You must complete an application for degree and receive a pre-certification from your academic advisor the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor or Student Success and Retention Services (513) 732-5319 for specific information well in advance of your final semester.
You must be in good academic standing at the college or university you last attended. We accept transfer applications all year long and you may start any semester, provided your transcripts arrive in time to be evaluated before the start of the semester you wish to attend.
If you have not taken college-level mathematics or English, you will need to take the placement test.
Other UC students may transfer into Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program form available from most UC admissions offices including ours, (513) 732-5319. You are urged to see your advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress.
For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions webpage.
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
Program Code: 34ASC-ECE-AS