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The goal of the Associate of Science in Early Childhood Development is to graduate competent, caring, and qualified teachers for public and private childcare settings. An excellent alternative for students who desire to work with young children beyond babysitting, but do not desire a four-year education degree, the program integrates a Christian worldview and constructivist philosophy of education. Coursework from this program can be applied toward other OCU education programs. Preschool teachers play an important role in developing children’s interest in learning. Through activities like games, group play, artwork and music, preschool teachers instruct reading, writing, and basic math concepts, and encourage creativity and social interaction. Pre-service teachers and candidates for the AS in Early Childhood Development Certificate must demonstrate these dispositions:

  • Ability to meet deadlines and obligations
  • Ability to relate with children and parents
  • Collaboration
  • Communicative skills both oral and written
  • Creativity
  • Patience
  • Positive temperament
  • Preparation
  • Punctuality
  • Respect for all students


Upon graduation the pre-service teacher should possess:
  • Knowledge of young children’s characteristics and needs, from birth through age 5.
  • Knowledge of multiple influences on early development and learning.
  • Knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children.
  • Know and understand effective strategies and tools for early education, including appropriate uses of technology.
  • The ability to reflect on their practice to promote positive outcomes for each child.
  • An understanding of positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation of their work with young children.
  • The ability to use a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching/learning approaches.
This degree program is available in the following format:

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MAJOR27 Hours

*Students may count this course as a Mathematics elective in the General Education Core.

Graduation Requirements:

In addition to the courses listed on this page, graduates must meet the requirements listed here, including:

  • A General Education Core
    • Associate degrees – 36 credit hours
    • Bachelor’s degrees – 45 credit hours
  • Minimum credit hours
    • Associate degrees – 60 credit hours
    • Bachelor’s degrees – 120 credit hours
  • Notes:

    1. Some majors require more credit hours than the listed minimums.
    2. Students choose elective courses to complete credit hour requirements.
    3. Electives may apply toward a minor, certificate, associate degree, or second major.
    4. Sometimes a course required in a student’s major can also fulfill a requirement in the GenEd core. (See notes on the individual major pages.)

Find complete information in the OCU Academic Catalog.

Contact the University Registrar's Office if you have graduation questions: 1 (740) 477-7780 or