Associate of Arts Early Childhood Education

The purpose of the Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education program is to assist churches in the training of personnel for the teaching and care of pre-school aged children. This program is designed to train graduates in early childhood development who can instruct from a biblically-based value system consistent with the priorities of parents and the local church.

  • Articulate a biblically-based philosophy of early childhood education
  • Integrate biblical truth into early childhood curriculum instruction
  • Explain the historical, philosophical, legal, and sociological foundations of early childhood education
  • Design developmentally appropriate activities for young children
  • Explain how childcare programs are properly and professionally administered
  • Formulate and incorporate a variety of assessment tools for young children 

Course Requirements for the degree are as follows:

Bible (27 semester hours)
Old Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
Biblical Interpretation I: Principles of Biblical Interpretation
Biblical Interpretation II: Dispensationalism
Biblical Interpretation III: Issues in Eschatology
Bible Doctrine I
Bible Doctrine II
Life of Christ
Baptist History

General Education (18 semester hours)
English Composition I
English Composition II
Fine Arts Elective
Introduction to Computers
Survey of World History I
Student Life Seminar
Principles of Speech

Christian Ministry (4 semester hours)
Christian Ethics

Early Childhood Education (18 semester hours)
Trends and Problems in Early Childhood Education
Human Growth and Development
Early Childhood Curriculum Design
Exceptional Learner
Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education
Teaching Bible to Children
Early Childhood Internship

Total Hours (67 hours)

You may view our suggested Program Track and Course Descriptions in our catalog.