Online Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Development

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Program at a Glance
  • Gain the introductory knowledge and skills to work with young children (birth through age 8) and families in early childhood settings, or further your current career in the early childhood development field.*
  • Learn to create effective learning environments for young children.
  • Apply your AAS in Early Childhood Development credits toward a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration at Purdue Global.
COURSE EFFORT 15 Hours per Week
Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development Overview

Prepare online to begin or advance your career with the foundational knowledge and skills it takes to work with children from birth through age 8 and their families.

The program curriculum focuses on the young child's growth and development, working with children in the inclusive classroom, health and nutrition needs, and activity implementation.

Online associate's degree in early childhood development courses prepare you to:

  • Apply knowledge and theory in early childhood settings.
  • Plan lessons for young children and their families.
  • Create effective learning environments for young children.
  • Help strengthen family and community relationships.
  • Apply professional standards, values, and practices.
  • Understand the importance of individuality and cultural diversity in learning and development.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Learn From Faculty With Industry Experience

Purdue Global’s online associate’s degree in early childhood development features courses taught by expert instructors who bring to the classroom years of firsthand knowledge in the field of early childhood development.

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Take the Next Step in Your Education and Career

Career Opportunities

Earning your AAS in Early Childhood Development online at Purdue Global prepares you to pursue a number of careers in the field.*

Potential job titles include:

  • Preschool teacher (except special education)
  • Preschool assistant teacher
  • Child care program specialist

Potential employers include:

  • Head Start programs
  • School readiness programs
  • Local preschools
  • Early Intervention programs
  • Child care organizations

Note: This program is not intended for individuals who are pursuing a license to teach early childhood education in a public or accredited private elementary school and is not represented as meeting specific state Board of Education criteria for assisting with children and teachers in a public school setting. This program will not certify graduates to become licensed teachers.

Reach Your Professional Goals Sooner

Earning your associate’s degree in early childhood development can have an immediate impact on your career.* It also lays the groundwork for advancing to a Purdue Global bachelor’s degree.

Get a Head Start on Your Bachelor's

Coursework from the AAS in Early Childhood Development is 100% transferrable into Purdue Global’s online Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration.

The associate’s in early childhood development curriculum connects applied theory to practice, ethics, and professionalism. It also helps you develop the critical thinking and communication skills you need to fulfill the responsibilities of early childcare development roles in a variety of learning environments.

Sample Courses
  • Early Childhood Curriculum Planning
  • Child Safety, Nutrition, and Health
  • Creative Activities for Young Children
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • Young Children With Special Needs
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits15
  • Major Credits50
  • Elective Credits25
  • Total Credits90

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Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
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*Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.