Early Childhood Development, Associate of Applied Science

The A.A.S. degree prepares students for a variety of career opportunities in the child care field. A.A.S. degree holders may pursue careers as program directors, senior staff teachers and assistants for quality child care centers and preschools.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this degree option, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate understanding of how children learn and develop by analyzing instructional practices and student behaviors during an observation in an authentic setting;
  2. provide learning opportunities that support a child's intellectual, social, and personal development by creating instructional activities that are developmentally appropriate;
  3. understand diversity and its connection to learning by analyzing hypothetical scenarios;
  4. use an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation by analyzing instructional practices and student behaviors during an observation in an authentic setting;
  5. understand how to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom using verbal, non-verbal, and technological communication techniques by creating a lesson plan using the Common Core Curriculum Frameworks;
  6. be reflective and continually evaluate the effects of his or her choices and actions on self and others by completion of their Individual Development Plan; and,
  7. understand the importance of fostering relationships with colleagues, families, and the larger community by utilizing technology to identify school-and community-based resources that support parents and families.

Total Number of Credits Required for Degree: 60*

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses.

Semester 1*

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Important Information

Short Description

The degree programs in Teacher Education prepare students to enter the teaching profession. The A.A.S. degree prepares students for immediate employment in early childhood settings with opportunities to direct and work in licensed child care programs, Head Start and other early learning environments.

Type of Credential

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Program Code


Contacts and Additional Information

Department Chair:

Linda Gronberg-Quinn
443-840-1658 or lgronberg@ccbcmd.edu

Campus Coordinators:

CCBC Catonsville, Paul Taylor
443-840-4236 or ptaylor3@ccbcmd.edu

CCBC Essex, Jessica Brown-Strott
443-840-1430 or jbrownstrott@ccbcmd.edu

CCBC Dundalk, Linda Gronberg-Quinn
443-840-1658 or lgronberg@ccbcmd.edu

Additional Information:

Courses Needed for This Program*

General Education Requirements and Electives - 26 Credits

General Education Requirements:
General Education Electives:

Choose a Diversity course from the list of approved General Education Courses.

  • Arts and Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credit(s).

Program Requirements and Electives - 34 Credits

Program Requirements:
Program Electives:

Select a minimum of six (6) credits from the courses below.


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College. This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

** Completion of EDTR 120 and EDTR 121 fulfills the requirements for the 90-hour certification in Early Childhood in the state of Maryland.

*** Completion of EDTR 122 fulfills the requirements for the 45-hour certification in Infant and Toddler in the state of Maryland.

**** Completion of EDTR 123 fulfills the requirements for the 45-hour certification in School Age Group Leader in the state of Maryland.