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Francis Worldwide: Early Childhood Education, A.S.

Whether you choose to study 100% online or attend some classes face-to-face in our Associate of Science program through Francis Worldwide, you’ll work with professors who are specialists in early childhood education. They are caring, dedicated professionals who love teaching adult students and are committed to your success.  

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    Become that someone to a child 

    ECE associate tileWith a focus on early childhood, this convenient online degree completion program is a great fit for those wanting to positively impact the lives of children.  

    As an ECE student, you may pursue this degree part-time or full time since it is flexible for the busy adult learner. Support from your adviser and other departments is available the entire way.

    The Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education:

    • great step up from your CDA certificate 
    •  transfer credits for prior coursework from accredited colleges
    • fully online coursework or select face-to-face options                 
    • flexible scheduling allows for full or part-time study
    • partner of T.E.A.C.H. and Rising Stars Scholarship Programs. For more information about the T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships, visit

    Choose your Path: 

    All courses taken for the AS degree transfer easily into our Bachelor of Arts or Science in Early Childhood Education degrees, so it is easy to transition from one degree to the next. 

    • Overview
    • Curriculum
    • Career Outcomes

    Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education (PreK-4) 

    Total Credits: 63

    The Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education (PreK-4) is an online degree designed for those with few credits, a CDA certificate, or no prior college-level coursework. Some courses may be taken in-class for those who prefer that format. 

     Assessment Outcomes

    It is offered by Francis Worldwide in collaboration with SFU's Department of Undergraduate Education.



    Early Childhood Education, AS 

    63 credits total

    Course Catalog Major Requirements

    Major Requirements (30 credits)

    EDUC 101 Foundations of Education

    EDUC 150 Educational Psychology

    EDUC 207 Introduction to Early Childhood Education

    EDUC 212 Early Childhood Pedagogy

    EDUC 231 Child Development

    EDUC 205 Introduction to Special Education

    EDUC 250 Family, School and Community Partnerships

    EDUC 261 English Language Learner

    GEOG 201 Geography

    Liberal Studies Requirements (33 credits)




    Career Outcomes
    Graduates from the AS in ECE program have secured positions as teaching assistants, teacher’s aides, daycare assistants, head start aides, and continued on for a BA or BS in ECE. With an AS in ECE, there are abundant opportunities in these settings: Early Childcare Learning Centers, Head Start Programs, Public or Private Schools, Daycare Centers, Tutoring Centers, and more!
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    Bachelor (BA/BS)

    transfer-friendly option for those with previous college experience