A.A. in Preschool Education

Available start dates for the program: See Academic Calendar

Program language: English or Spanish

Available Schedules: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7:00PM-10:00PM or 9:00AM-12:00PM, Saturday from 7:00AM-7:30PM 

Educational offering are delivered through distance education(hybrid)

Program Description

Day care center workers serve a vital role in our society, as more and more parents seek child care options outside the home. These workers assume the responsibility for a large portion of the waking hours, and must be educated to fulfill these responsibilities in a manner that contributes positively to the child overall growth and development. They must understand the basic principles of child development, including physical, intellectual, emotional and social growth. They must be able to manage behavior and to observe changes. And they must be able to establish positive relationships with families of the children in their care.

The AA Degree Program in Pre-School Education is designed for students who wish to enter the field of child care or pre-school teaching immediately upon graduation. Upon completion of the program, the students are qualified to teach in a day care or pre-school, or to continue with their BA Degree in Pre-School Education at Vargas University. They could also transfer to a four-year program in Education or Child Development, or pursue other Liberal Arts majors at other colleges.

Program learning Objectives

  1. Describe the development and theoretical foundations of preschool education

  2. Explain the theories of childhood development as well as the factors that influence child typical and atypical development.

  3. Maintain a secure, healthy and safe educational environment

  4. Produce lesson plans to promote the development of children with and without special needs in all the developmental domains as well as select and adapt the instructional strategies and materials to assure developmental appropriateness 

  5. Use strategies to create and maintain partnership with parents and the community

  6. Use proper tools to observe and assess each of the developmental areas to document and foster development

  7. Integrate technology into the education process.

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