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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Associate of Science Degree

 
 
Program Description
The GCC Early Childhood Education program prepares individuals to be professional educators for young children, show a positive attitude toward all children and their families, and obtain the skills to plan and implement a program that is safe, educational, and healthy.

The Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education meets Head Start requirements for classroom teachers. The Certificate in Early Childhood Education is closely aligned with national standards and meets Head Start requirements for classroom aides. The National Association for the Education of Young Children encourages a minimal educational level of an associate degree in early childhood for early childhood program teachers. Only courses which have a grade of “C” or better in the technical requirements will be counted towards the Associate degree or Certificate. Early childhood educators and caregivers work in Head Start programs, childcare centers, family home care programs, elementary schools, social services programs, and health care services. These professionals plan and implement appropriate experiences for young children in areas such as language, health, movement, creativity, thinking, problem solving, self-concept and social behavior. They also supervise children’s activities, care for their needs, keep records of their progress, and confer with parents and other professionals.  Only courses which have a grade of “C” or better in the technical requirements will be counted towards the Certificate degree.
 
Degree Requirements
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Career Opportunities

Early childhood educators and caregivers work in Head Start programs, childcare centers, family home care programs, elementary schools, social services programs, and health care services. These professionals plan and implement appropriate experiences for young children in areas such as language, health, movement, creativity, thinking, problem solving, self-concept and social behavior. They also supervise children’s activities, care for their needs, keep records of their progress, and confer with parents and other professionals. 
 
The GCC Advantage
Our instructors are highly trained in best practices for teaching and learning and employ various methods and strategies to achieve
student learning outcomes, including hands-on activities, service learning, and collaborative work. They are nurturing and supportive, which eases the transition into college life for all students from those directly out of high school to those returning for an education later in life. Our classrooms are equipped with state of the art technological equipment, such as WiFi, SMART boards, Ipads, digital cameras, and students may meet with any advisor.

Academic Advising
All students who declare a major are assigned an Academic Advisor. Students are strongly urged to visit your advisor, who can help you draft an educational plan with course sequencing that meets your personal, academic, and career goals.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the AS in Early Childhood Education program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professionalism and ethical conduct within the educational field.
  • Demonstrate appropriate knowledge, disposition, and skills needed to effectively work with students, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and students with special needs.
  • Plan and demonstrate developmentally and age-appropriate teaching strategies needed to effectively work with students in a classroom setting.
Program Mission
The Early Childhood Education program’s mission is to prepare individuals to be professional educators for young children, show a positive attitude toward all children and their families, and obtain the skills to plan and implement a program that is safe, educational, and healthy.

Contact Information
Location: Building A, Room A-9
Phone: 671.735.5656
Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
e-mail:
education.info@guamcc.edu

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