Early Childhood Education (A.S.)


The Associate in Science degree in Early Childhood Education has been designed to provide a thorough understanding of the young child. This program creates a broad perspective on child and family development patterns. Students develop skills to guide children in their early education.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 60 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 16 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: General Education Program

Major, Option, and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

General Education Program Requirements

A minimum grade of D- is required in all General Education coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of one course overlap between the Major and General Education areas.

ENG 420The Writing Process4
COM 460Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics4
COM 480Visual Communication4
CRIT 501Introduction to Critical Inquiry4
Select one of the following:4
Math for Our World
Knowledge of Human Behavior & Social Systems: PSY 4704
Knowledge of the Physical & Natural World4
Knowledge of Human Thought & Expression4
Total Credits32

Major Requirements

A minimum grade of C- is required in all Concentration coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of one course overlap between the Concentration and General Education areas.

Major in Early Childhood Education
EDC 501Foundations of Early Childhood Education4
EDC 502Creative Arts in Early Childhood Education4
EDC 503Language and Literacy Development4
EDC 504Health, Safety & Nutrition in Early Childhood Settings4
EDC 505Mathematics and Science in Early Childhood Education4
EDC 506Young Children with Exceptionalities, Birth-Age 84
EDC 507Early Childhood Program Administration4
Total Credits28

This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH CPS Online undergraduate students should develop individual academic plans with their academic advisor during their first year at UNH.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
COM 460 Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics 4
ENG 420 The Writing Process 4
EDC 501 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 4
General Education Course 4
CRIT 501 Introduction to Critical Inquiry 4
EDC 502 Creative Arts in Early Childhood Education 4
MTH 402
Math for Our World
or Statistics
or Pre-Calculus
PSY 470 Child Development 4
Second Year
COM 480 Visual Communication 4
EDC 503 Language and Literacy Development 4
EDC 504 Health, Safety & Nutrition in Early Childhood Settings 4
General Education Course 4
EDC 505 Mathematics and Science in Early Childhood Education 4
EDC 506 Young Children with Exceptionalities, Birth-Age 8 4
EDC 507 Early Childhood Program Administration 4
 Total Credits60
  • Attain proficiency in basic concepts, theories, and methods in Early Childhood Education.
  • Evaluate ethical principles of Early Childhood Education.
  • Communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally, with families, children, co-workers and stakeholders in Early Childhood settings.