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A.A. in Early Childhood Education: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

72 Total Credits Required

To receive an associate degree from Concordia University, St. Paul, all students must complete accelerated general education requirements. The online associate degree in early childhood education also requires 12 credit hours of coursework covering early childhood education, growth and development of children, developmentally appropriate practices in the field, and the relationship between play and learning.

The program can be completed in two years, although your transfer credits and general education coursework will vary the time it takes you to finish.

Core Courses


This seminar helps students grasp the breadth, depth, and foundations of early childhood education.

This is a broad sketch of human growth and development from pre-natal stages to elementary age. Developmental processes are studied from a biological and developmental perspective. Personality development and the effects of temperament on learning are discussed.

This is a historical, present, and future perspective of developmentally appropriate practices. Appropriate classroom practices and current topics are discussed. (Prerequisites: CHD 400 and CHD 410)

Theories of Piaget, Parton, Erickson, and Vygotsky are studied to determine how children learn to play and the effect that play has on the child’s development. Historical perspectives and effects of play on learning are reviewed. (Prerequisite: CHD 435)

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