Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Care and Education University of Cincinnati




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According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), "The demand for early childhood care and education programs continues to increase, not only in response to the growing demand for out-of-home child care, but also in recognition of the critical importance of educational experiences during the early years". This associate degree program in early childhood education prepares professionals who can provide high-quality educational experiences for their community’s youngest children. Students are usually practitioners working in preschools and other child-care and educational settings.

Graduates will be able to implement developmentally appropriate integrated activities and materials across the domains, including visual arts, music, movement, science and math, and early language development. The program also emphasizes working with young children and their families from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.


Students who are successful demonstrate a passion for the field of early childhood education and a desire to master new challenges. Students must pass a background check, if not already required by their employer. Early childhood professionals must respect diverse children and families and be able to communicate effectively with children, parents, co-workers and supervisors. Computer skills are essential.


Graduates of this major pursue careers such as:

  • Head start teacher
  • Preschool teacher
  • Infant/toddler specialist
  • Program administrator in an early childhood setting

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Online/Distance (2 years)

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University of Cincinnati

2600 Clifton Avenue,



45221, United States

Entry requirement for international students

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study.

English test score requirements: ELS - 112 Graduation; IELTS - 6.0 Overall minimum of 5.5 on each section; PTE – 46; TOEFL - 66 iBT minimum of 15 on each section; Duolingo – 95; Cambridge - 169 minimum, Recommended exam: C1 Advanced.

Applications deadline for Fall Semester: Feb 01. Applications deadline for Spring Semester: November 1. Applications deadline for Summer Semester: March 1.

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