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Associate of Arts inEarly Childhood Education

The Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education program consists of 60 credit hours and is offered fully online.  The Early Childhood Education Associate's degree is designed for busy adult students who are interested in obtaining their degree and require the flexibility of attending class on their schedule.

Completing the Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education allows students to maintain a professional edge in the Early Childhood Education field.

Area of Study: Teacher Education

  • Next Start Date: TBD
  • Credit Hours: 64
  • Course Length: 7 weeks

This program can be taken:

  • Online
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Early Childhood Education
Curriculum Overview


The program focuses on the knowledge and skills teachers need to meet the emerging standards for early childhood educators working with children from birth to Grade 3, while meeting the training requirements of the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program.

Twelve credits from the list of the Early Childhood classes below will complete the Early Childhood emphasis. Twelve or more credits can be chosen from the following:

Satisfies 12 elective credits in the B.A. in Child Development program Certificate classes:

  • CHD310 Growth and Development of Children – 4 credits
  • CHD330 Best Practices in Early Childhood – 4 credits
  • CHD320 Role of Early Childhood Educator – 4 credits

Satisfies 12 credits in the B.A. in Child Development program:

  • CHD435 Developmentally Appropriate Practices in ECE – 3 credits
  • CHD440 Children’s Play and Learning – 3 credits
  • CHD430 Infants and Toddlers – 3 credits
  • CHD445 Language Development/Literacy – 3 credits

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Course Name
  • The Inner Review2
  • Interpersonal Communication4
  • College Writing4
  • Introduction to Literature4
  • Walking and Running Basics1
  • Introduction to Psychology4
  • Introduction to Sociology4
  • Leaders in American Society4
  • Listening to Life:West. Clscl2
  • Social Problems4
  • American Government4
  • Principles Contemporary Math3
  • Macroeconomics4
  • Approaching Art2
  • Biology in a Box4
  • Real World Chemistry4
  • Introduction to The Theatre2
LSC-159 - The Inner Review

In this reflective course students will evaluate their strengths as a learner; define priorities and goals when choosing a career; and gain a greater understanding of memory.

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  1. Apply Online
  2. Final and official transcripts from all previous institutions attended* If you have attended a MNSCU college or university we also ask that you provide an official accompanying DARS or MnTC goal area worksheet.  Concordia accepts completed goal areas.* If you have less than 20 college credits completed, you will need to submit your official high school transcript as well as any college level courses you have taken.
  3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below.  Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via mail, email or fax. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).
    • What has led you to pursue your undergraduate degree?
    • What are your long term personal and professional goals?

*128 credits need to be completed to earn bachelor’s degree

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling in an adult undergraduate program must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University’s technology requirements. Contact Concordia’s Help Desk at or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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Career Potential

A career in Early Childhood Education is important work. It takes a special, patient and compassionate person to successfully work with young children. Students should consider the benefits of working for a daycare, preschool or school district as opposed to recreational camp and community programs. Graduates may also want to explore opportunities to work for human services or mental health agencies. Each of these career areas offers unique advantages, and students would do well to research all options.

Beyond the Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education degree, graduates may desire to earn additional experience, training and education to pursue careers in education administration.

Salary Expectations

Graduates’ salaries will vary depending upon the career they obtain after earning an Associate of Arts degree in in Early Childhood Education. Based on figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, preschool teachers, for example, might earn approximately $27,130, while teachers’ assistants will earn roughly $23,640. The demand for graduates of programs like the Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education is average to high, and is expected to grow between now and the year 2022. One way to boost earning potential is to earn applicable licenses and certifications, which can be done simultaneously during course work.

  • Preschool Teacher$27,130
  • Teacher Assistant$23,640

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Concordia University, St. Paul online provides an affordable educational choice for adult learners. Concordia online offers program credits at a competitive rate.

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