Associate in Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education

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About This Program

The Early Childhood Education program is designed to prepare individuals as skilled early childhood professionals. Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to work and teach in a variety of early childhood settings. The coursework combines theory and practical experience to prepare graduates for immediate entry into the field or transfer to a four-year institution. In conjunction with the Early Childhood Education program, the Spring Point Children’s Center provides quality educational programming for preschool-aged children. This on-campus childcare center is a valuable resource where students can see and experience early childhood education in action.

Your Degree Courses

Early Childhood Education offers an associate in applied science degree requiring a mix of general education and early childhood education courses. The following list of courses is a sampling of what you might take as a student in this program. The course list is subject to change.

Program Course Sampling

  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • Child Development
  • Infant and Toddler Care Giving
  • Interactive Environments
  • Practicum/Seminars I, II, and III
  • Children’s Literature and Language Arts
  • Early Childhood Special Needs
  • Observation and Record Keeping
  • The Developing Curriculum
  • Early Childhood Program Administration
  • School, Home, and Community Relationships
  • English Composition
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Normal Nutrition
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Mathematics* and Social Science electives

Current Major-Specific Courses Available

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Graduation Requirements

Prospective Students

If you are thinking about attending SMCC and are curious what the current program course requirements are to earn your degree, download the current SMCC Course Catalog.

Current Students

If you are a current student, your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. To view your specific program requirements or to search and register for courses, log in to MySMCC and visit the MyDegree webpage.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of young children’s typical and atypical characteristics based upon multiple influences on development and learning (birth–age 8).
  • Apply theories of child development to plan inclusive, developmentally appropriate curriculum.
  • Articulate priorities for the care of infants and toddlers in group settings.
  • Create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging for all children.
  • Understand the value and importance of children’s families and cultural communities in shaping the development of the child.
  • Create materials that reflect an understanding of the importance of early literacy and language-rich environments.
  • Develop respectful and reciprocal relationships with families that encourage families to be involved in their child’s development and learning.
  • Identify how community agencies and services support children, families and providers.
  • Demonstrate the skills of observation and record-keeping as an inherent component of planning for the ongoing development of the child.
  • Use the skills of positive guidance in their interactions with children based upon an understanding of the child’s social/emotional development.

Estimated Degree Completion Time

4.5 full time semesters

66 credit hours are required to complete this program

Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

SMCC Graduates

In Average college graduates earn 1 million dollars more over their lifetimes than high school graduates
92% of SMCC graduates gain employment or continue their education within 9 months of graduation

University of Maine Farmington’s Off-Campus Program

Now you can earn a bachelor’s degree from University of Maine Farmington (UMF) in Early Childhood Education at SMCC’s South Portland Campus.

UMF and SMCC have partnered to make earning a bachelor’s degree easier than ever. Whether you’re a working professional looking for a more flexible schedule or are simply looking to continue your education closer to home, UMF’s Off-Campus Program is a great way to earn your bachelor’s degree when and where it works for you. This program is also a fantastic opportunity for those who want to get started by earning their associate degree at SMCC in Early Childhood Education and/or Education and continue on to earn bachelor’s degree from UMF on the same campus. If you have earned an associate degree or equivalent at other institutions you may also be eligible to enroll.


  • Offered at SMCC’s South Portland Campus, a convenient location for those who live and/or work in Southern Maine.
  • Designed to work with your busy schedule with hybrid courses (off-site and online) offered weekday evenings or weekends.
  • Courses delivered by UMF professors.
  • An on-site UMF Advisor to help guide you to reaching your goals.
  • Access to both SMCC and UMF resources.
  • General education courses available at SMCC’s low tuition rate, only $92 per credit hour.

Available Bachelor’s Degree Tracks

  • Non-Certificate Track – Birth-5 years
  • Certification Track – Birth-5 years
  • Certification Track – K-3rd grade

For More Information and to Apply

Visit the UMF website and follow the steps to apply, or contact Julia Jeremias at 207-778-7274 or

Transfer Agreements for Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Ed – Birth to 5 certification, BS

University of Maine Farmington

SMCC Degree Program: Early Childhood Education

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Early Childhood Ed – K-3 certification, BS

University of Maine Farmington

SMCC Degree Program: Early Childhood Education

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Early Childhood Administration

Kaplan University

SMCC Degree Program: Early Childhood Education

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Early Childhood Education, BS

University of Maine

SMCC Degree Program: Early Childhood Education

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