Associate of Applied Science - AAS
This program provides a course of study that prepares students for career opportunities in early childhood education and specifically addresses the needs of assistant teachers in Tennessee’s Head Start programs by meeting the educational requirement stipulated in Federal Law. The program offers sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical experience that enable graduates to function in a variety of early childhood settings.
The program includes both educational theory and the practical application of learning. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) quality standards are addressed extensively in the Early Childhood Education concentration courses. Graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills to deliver appropriate programming for young children (birth through age 8) and their families.
The degree program and the courses that comprise it are offered through a cooperative development and delivery model among TBR institutions. In the cooperative model arrangement, TBR institutions share valuable intellectual resources to enrich program offerings.
As an online student, you gain access to highly-qualified faculty from both the campus where you are studying to earn your degree as well as other institutions across the TBR system. You gain exposure to a wide range of opinions, philosophies, perspectives and experiences that you might not otherwise obtain. The students in your classes are also from other institutions across the TBR system which further contributes to a unique online learning experience.
This program is designed for students who plan to enter the field upon graduation. Students intending to transfer to a bachelor's program are advised to check with their academic advisor and the four-year institution regarding specific transfer of courses. Students planning to transfer should major in the Associate of Science in Teaching (AST) degree with a concentration in Early Childhood Education.