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Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Development will be able to:

Child Development and Learning

  • Develop an understanding of children’s needs.
  • Recognize the multiple influences on early learning.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to create environments for young children.

Building Family and Community Relationships

  • Demonstrate an understanding of diverse family and community characteristics.
  • Support and engage families and communities through reciprocal relationships.
  • Involve families and communities in the child’s development and learning.

Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families

  • Utilize assessment tools to determine the developmental needs of children.
  • Describe the different assessment tools used in developmental assessments to gather data.
  • Construct an individualized lesson plan.
  • Utilize assessment data to develop an assessment conference.

Using Developmentally Effective Approaches

  • Demonstrate positive and supportive interactions with children.
  • Describe a variety of strategies and tools to support learning.
  • Use a broad range of developmentally appropriate teaching and learning approaches.
  • Reflect on own practices to promote positive outcomes.

Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum

  • Demonstrate knowledge of content and resources within the field of early childhood.
  • Use the central concepts, inquiry tools, and structure of content areas.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate developmentally meaningful and challenging curriculum for each child.

Becoming a Professional

  • Identify oneself with the early childhood field.
  • Uphold ethical standards.
  • Engage in continuous collaborative learning.
  • Integrate knowledgeable reflective and critical perspectives on early childhood.
  • Advocate for young children.

ECD Program Learning Outcomes align with NAEYC Standards.

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The Early Childhood Development (ECD) program combines classroom study and field experience with children birth to eight years of age. Students gain an understanding of the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth and development of all children within an inclusive environment. An associate degree and two certificate options are available in this program.

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  • Students need good written and oral communication skills.
  • Students should enjoy working with young children.
  • Students required to take remedial courses must follow the UACCM Student Success Plan.
  • Students should take classes when first offered as some classes are only offered certain semesters.


  • The Early Childhood Development Student Organization awards a scholarship to an outstanding student in the program each semester.


Graduates are employed as:

  • Child care facility owners and directors
  • Child care center directors
  • Head Start teachers
  • Infant/toddler teachers
  • Preschool teachers
  • Assistant teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Arkansas Better Chance preschool paraprofessionals


  • Clean criminal background check
  • Clean child maltreatment check
  • FBI background check (if an Arkansas resident for less than six years)
  • Some courses require recent influenza immunization and TB test.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and stand for prolonged periods of time.

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