Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education (ECE) A.A. degree equips students as educators of young children (birth to five years) in home-based and centre-based care. The two-year (62 credit hours) program emphasizes the teaching and nurturing of young children in a Christ-centered environment and provides students a knowledge base and skills set for developing and leading Early Childhood Education programs within local churches and communities.
In order for learning to take place, early learners need safe, encouraging relationships and the ability to grow and learn through play. Kingswood’s Early Childhood Education program stresses the importance of creating stimulating, yet safe environments for young children. Graduates of the program will be able to develop a framework in a centre that encourages play, communication, literacy, diversity, and social responsibility within the young learner and promotes the well-being of the child. They also will model a life of maturing Christian faith while ministering God’s love.
In addition to required practicum experiences, areas of study specific to Early Childhood Education include:
- Foundations of Early Childhood Education
- Health, Safety, and Nutrition
- Early Childhood Programming
- Learning Through Play
- Language and Literacies
- Guiding and Caring for Children
The Early Childhood Education degree is structured around the New Brunswick Curriculum Framework for Early Learning and Child Care and has been added to a list of training programs recognized by Early Childhood Services of New Brunswick. If employed at recognized provincial daycare sites, graduates of Kingswood’s ECE program will qualify for the wage enhancement offered by New Brunswick Government.