Childhood health and educational development is a discipline that supports specific needs of young children during the initial years of rapid brain development and family socialization. This unique period of development differs significantly than in older children.
The University offers its Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education to meet the demands of professionals seeking additional education regarding the critical early development years of humans. This includes social behavior and intelligence studies on infants, toddlers, preschool age children, and in early grade-school children.
The fundamentals of this program are designed to help graduates be effective in a variety of interactions with children by providing a framework of positive educational and guidance techniques. This program is ideal for professionals working with young children in educational private and public care settings. Taught by expert practitioners, students will learn about early childhood development as well as the methodologies of planning and implementing effective programs that promote intellectual and emotional health for infants and children up to five years of age.
The online Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education is an ideal degree for students seeking an advanced degree in education, family studies, childhood development, psychology, and other related academic disciplines.
American Public University System is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes American Public University System to advertise, recruit and offer field placements for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.
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|2011-2012 Program Completion Rate|
|Normal time to completion for full-time student||2 years|
|Graduates who completed in this time1||36%|
|Tuition & Fees as of January 1, 2013||Median Loan Debt of 2011-2012 Graduates|
(before any awarded transfer credit)
|$50||Private educational loans||$0|
|Transfer Credit Evaluation fee3 |
|$50||Institution financing plan||$0|
|Books and supplies4||$0|
|On-campus room and board||Not applicable|
1 Data may be “not available” if the program has no graduates during reporting period or if it has not been in existence the normal time for completion. If 0%, then graduates in the reporting period took longer than the average time, usually because they were part-time students. 91% of our students are working adults and do not take a full-time course load.
2 A $50 Technology Fee will be charged for all future undergraduate and graduate level course registrations, including audited courses. The fee is not applicable for Comprehensive Exam courses. An APUS grant will cover the fee for Active Duty Military, Reservists, National Guard, Vocational Rehabilitation (VOCA), VA and VA Chapter 33 students, and anyone using military tuition assistance (TA).
3 Transfer Credit Evaluation Fee waived for all United States Active Duty Military, Guard, and Reserve personnel.
4 The undergraduate book grant provides textbooks, e-books, and other course materials at no cost to students for courses being taken for academic credit. Students must obtain their own software when required for a course or program.
5 This figure does not include PLUS loans or TEACH grants converted to Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans.
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American Public University System (APUS) makes no representation or guarantee that successful completion of an APUS program or coursework will result in employment within a particular field. Many employers take into account various criteria, in addition to education, when determining eligibility for employment. To assist our students in their career search, the APUS Office of Career Services provides students and alumni a variety of tools, resources, information, and guidance to assist them as they pursue their life goals.