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Patrick O'Leary, Program Coordinator
(330) 941-3343


This associate degree leads to Associate Licensure in Pre-Kindergarten Education.  Graduates are qualified to teach in or manage licensed daycare and preschool programs, and they are eligible for Associate Pre-kindergarten Teacher Licensure after passing the Pre-k Praxis examination. Most of the coursework can be applied toward a bachelor's degree for Family and Consumer Science Instructor or Early Childhood Education. Within the framework of their required courses, students complete 300 hours of clinical/field work. This program normally requires four semesters of study averaging 15-18 hours per semester.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the Pre-kindergarten program, graduates will be able to:

  • Design and implement developmentally appropriate lessons.
  • Involve families in learning.
  • Assess a child's development in five developmental domains.
  • Recognize and use ethical guidelines and professional standards related to early childhood practice.

For more information, visit Early Childhood Associate Pre-K.

General Education Requirements
Basic Skills
ENGL 1550Writing 13
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
First Year Experience Elective3
A & H or NS Elective3
PSYC 1560General Psychology3
Major Requirements
CHFM 1514Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
CHFM 1530Infants and Toddlers: Development and Care3
HMEC 1550Human Ecology Professions1
HEPE 2624Physical Education for Children in Early Childhood Settings3
SPED 2630Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society3
CHFM 2633Early Childhood: Integrating Development and Education3
CHFM 2650Introduction to Assessment of Young Children3
CHFM 2664Managing Classroom Behavior and Staff Relationships in Early Childhood Settings3
CHFM 2675Integrated Curriculum for Prekindergarten3
MUED 3722Music in Early Childhood3
CHFM 3733LPracticum Preprimary Settings3
ART 3737Pre-K-4, Visual Arts Education3
CHFM 3750Parent and Professional Relationships3
CHFM 3770Wellness During the Early Childhood Years3
CHFM 3790Directed Practice in PreK Education4
CHFM 3790SDirected Practice Seminar2
Total Semester Hours64
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
CHFM 1514 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
HMEC 1550 Human Ecology Professions 1
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
ART 3737 Pre-K-4, Visual Arts Education 1 3
 Semester Hours13
CHFM 1530 Infants and Toddlers: Development and Care 3
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CHFM 2633 Early Childhood: Integrating Development and Education 3
PSYC 3755 Child Development 3
CHFM 3770 Wellness During the Early Childhood Years 3
 Semester Hours15
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 2 3
Arts and Humanities Elective or HPES 2624 3
 Semester Hours6
Year 2
SPED 2631 Intervention Strategies with Special Needs Children in Early Childhood 1 3
CHFM 2650 Introduction to Assessment of Young Children 3
CHFM 2675 Integrated Curriculum for Prekindergarten 3
CHFM 3733L Practicum Preprimary Settings 3
CHFM 3750 Parent and Professional Relationships 3
 Semester Hours15
CHFM 2664 Managing Classroom Behavior and Staff Relationships in Early Childhood Settings 3
MUED 3722 Music in Early Childhood 3
CHFM 3790 Directed Practice in PreK Education 4
CHFM 3790S Directed Practice Seminar 2
 Semester Hours12
 Total Semester Hours61

One or two of these courses may be included in any of the semesters: ART 3737 Pre-K-4, Visual Arts Education, MUED 3722 Music in Early Childhood, HPES 2625 Pedagogical Aspects of Exercise Science


May add General Education Requirements listed as possible summer courses to any of the four semesters