- Understand state and federal laws pertaining to the care and education of young children.
- Apply current research in Early Childhood Education and abide by the National Association for the Education of Young Children Code of Conduct.
- Demonstrate competencies compatible with current research and practice relating to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) associate degree standards.
- Demonstrate proficiency in working with diverse populations of students, families, and community groups.
- Observe and evaluate children’s development and recognize developmental delays.
- Create developmentally appropriate experiences for children from birth through pre-K, including children with special needs.
- Develop staff and parental relationship skills and knowledge to be an effective director or leader in Early Childhood Education.
- Analyze challenging behavior and take appropriate actions.
- Child Care Instructor
- Director of a Home Day Care
- Owner/Director of a Child Care Facility
- Manager of a Corporate Child Care Facility
Costs & Fees
The Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education is a two-year terminal degree. However, Harding University offers a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education for students who wish to continue. Some colleges in the state, including Arkansas State University, offer an Early Childhood Teaching Endorsement (ages 3 and 4). Arkansas also has a post-bachelor’s credentialing/licensure program in pre-K.
Amber Bramlett | Assistant Professor of Education
Beebe Campus | England Center 109
Penny Cook | Instructor of Education
Beebe Campus | England Center 104
Emily Harris | Instructor of Education
Heber Campus | Academic Center 120
Teddy Davis | Dean of Arts & Humanities
Associate Professor of Political Science and Geography
Beebe Campus | Owen Center 135-C