Western Kentucky University

WKU Online

Program Requirements

The Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education requires 67 semester hours. It includes courses in general education, child development, family studies, assessment, and curriculum concepts, and managing early childhood programs for all children. Field experience hours give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a variety of early childhood settings while obtaining the needed experience as future job applicants.

General Education Requirements

Category A
  • English 100
  • SCOM 145 or 161
Category B
  • English 200
Category C
  • History 119 or 120
  • PSY 100 (also required for program)
Category D
  • Math 109 or 116
  • Science Elective

Total General Education Hours: 21

Content Courses

  • FACS 180 Foundations in FCS
  • FACS 111 Human Nutrition
  • FACS 191 Child Development
  • FACS 192 Working with Young Children and Families
  • FACS 198 Guidance and Problem Solving Approaches for Young Children
  • FACS 292 Diversity in Early Childhood Programs
  • FACS 294 Assessment of Young Children
  • FACS 295 Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers
  • FACS 296 Curriculum for Preschool and Kindergarten
  • FACS 297 Family, Community, and Early Childhood Program Partnerships
  • FACS 299 Administration of Early Childhood Programs
  • FACS 311 or SOC 220 Family Relations
  • FACS 313 Practicum in Human Environments
  • LME 318 Children’s Literature
  • SWK 101 Foundations of Human Services
  • SFTY 171 Safety and First Aid

Total Content Hours: 46

Total hours required for program: 67

 Last Modified 1/22/14