Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education

Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education

Gain in-demand skills in working with children through the Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education at Chatfield

Do you love working with kids and want to make a positive impact on your community? Prepare for professional licensure in teaching grades PreK–3 while learning to create engaging activities, establish a safe learning environment, and more with an A.A.S. in early childhood education from Chatfield College.

Through your coursework, you’ll develop the knowledge and skills required for a multitude of professions, whether you want to run a childcare center, become a teacher, or work with children in other ways.

As an accredited program, Chatfield’s associate in early childhood education degree will give you the foundation you need to transfer to a four-year school for your bachelor’s degree, too.
No matter how you choose to use it, Chatfield’s undergraduate degree in early childhood education will give you an associate education that has high value in the real world.

What is an A.A.S. in early childhood education?

Chatfield’s associate in early childhood education degree provides you with the skills and experience you need to make a difference in the lives of children up to age 8.
This program is for you if you’re looking to:
• Become licensed to work with and teach children in grades PreK–3
• Gain additional skills you can immediately apply to your current job if you are already working in childcare
• Lay the groundwork for a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, middle or high school education, and other fields in working with children
• Earn a childcare degree or teaching associate degree
• Potentially teach at childcare centers

Some of these jobs may require additional education or training, but your associate in early childhood education from Chatfield will provide you with a solid base to continue your studies.

Beyond Chatfield’s general education classes, the undergraduate coursework for our A.A.S. in early childhood education program is grounded in liberal arts and faith-based values. This means you’ll receive a well-rounded associate education that develops your critical thinking and academic skills to help prepare you for a lifetime of success.

Explore classes for your associate in early childhood education at Chatfield

Among the courses for your associate education, you will take:
• Community, School, and Family Diversity
• Early Childhood Development
• Foundations of Education
• Health, Safety, and Nutrition
• Music and Art in Education

General education courses include General Psychology, a religious studies elective, and English Composition.

Your coursework follows the 10 nationally recognized standards of excellence for early childhood workers, so you can be confident that everything you learn while earning your A.A.S. in early childhood education aligns with state and national requirements.

While working toward your associate in early childhood education degree, you will learn from Chatfield faculty members who bring their lives of service and experience to the classroom every day. For instance, your psychology course may be taught by the head of counseling at a well-known and national service organization.

You may also work with a faculty member to develop and plan an internship that will help you learn more about your career interests, develop new skills, establish a professional network, and gain some work experience in the early childhood education field.

No matter the class or internship, your program faculty will meet you where you are and help you better yourself and your future.

Learn more about the in-person and online courses you’ll take to earn your associate in early childhood education degree at Chatfield.

Why pursue an associate in early childhood education degree at Chatfield?

Chatfield’s A.A.S. in early childhood education degree program offers you the exciting opportunity to learn:
• What is on Ohio’s PreK–3 licensing exams
• How to develop and share activities with kids that make learning fun
• How to create a safe environment for all children
• How to track student progress and identify and support those who need a little more help
• How to understand children’s needs and what it takes to meet them

You can finish your associate education in as little as two years at our St. Martin or Over-the-Rhine campuses. You also may take some courses online.

Here are some additional reasons you should pursue your A.A.S. in early childhood education at Chatfield. Experience the difference at Chatfield!

      • Earn your associate in early childhood education while preparing for state licensure        Through our A.A.S. in early childhood education program, not only will you gain an associate education, you’ll also be prepared to pass the Ohio licensure to educate children in grades PreK–3.
      • Give yourself career options for your future
        Through our A.A.S. in early childhood education degree program, Chatfield will help you achieve your personal goals, explore your career options, or transfer to a four-year school.
      • Create a better future for yourself and area youth
        Preschool teachers and childcare workers help develop the building blocks of learning in young ones. An A.A.S. in early childhood education from Chatfield creates the foundation to prepare for a career working in a school, care center, or even a private residence.
      • Small classes, big experiences
        When you work toward your associate in early childhood education at Chatfield, you will learn inside classrooms with about 10 undergraduate students. This encourages more one-on-one time with your instructors for teaching and guidance that is tailored to you.
      • Help when you need it
        We know college can be overwhelming, especially when it’s been a while since you’ve been in a classroom. Rest assured that while earning your A.A.S. in early childhood education, you will have individualized support to help you, including free tutoring, one-on-one advising, a mentoring program, and more.
      • Financial aid and scholarships
        Are you worried about how you will pay for your associate education? You aren’t alone. Our admissions team will connect you with financial aid and college scholarships, including the Chatfield Achievement Grant, merit scholarships, endowed scholarships, and others.
      • Flexibility that fits your life
        Are you juggling a lot of responsibilities? Then you, especially, need an associate education with flexibility. At Chatfield, some classes are offered online and in-person at our St. Martin or Over-the-Rhine campuses.
      • You are welcome at Chatfield                                                                                                          While Chatfield is a nonprofit college with Catholic roots, you are welcome and accepted here, no matter your faith or background. Chatfield College was founded years ago to provide a quality liberal arts education, and we continue that tradition today with undergraduate programs such as our A.A.S. in early childhood education.

    7.1%

    Set yourself up for a successful career with an A.A.S. in early childhood education from Chatfield. Through 2026, the need for childcare workers in Southwest Ohio is expected to grow by 7.1%, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

  • $28,470

    Increase your earning potential with your A.A.S. in early childhood education from Chatfield. For example, this degree will allow you to teach preschool — a job in which the median annual wage in Ohio was $28,470 in 2020, according to OhioMeansJobs.com, an official site of Ohio.gov.

  • 72%

    If you’d like to earn your bachelor’s degree after you finish your associate education at Chatfield, you’re in luck: 72% of Chatfield graduates go on to four-year schools after graduation.


  • Get started on your associate in early childhood education

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    Chatfield’s admissions office is excited to meet you and ready to answer your questions. For more information, please call the St. Martin campus at (513) 875-3344, the Cincinnati campus at (513) 921-9856, or email admissions@chatfield.edu.


    Chatfield College’s other associate degree programs

    In addition to Chatfield’s associate in early childhood education program, you might also be interested in the following:
    Associate of Applied Science in Human Services
    Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts


    Additional resources

    Learn more about careers in childcare (resource coming soon)

    With an A.A.S. in early childhood education from Chatfield, you’ll open the door to several career opportunities.

  • Qualifications to work in childcare (resource coming soon)

    Your associate in early childhood education degree can help you stand out in the childcare and daycare workforce.