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Learn essential skills needed to begin or advance a career in child care and early childhood educational development.


The Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Studies
may help equip students with the skills needed to begin — or advance in — careers in child care and early childhood education. This program is not designed as a teacher certification program nor does it lead to state licensure.

This program provides you with multi-disciplined knowledge, insights, and strategies that you can apply to the job right away.

  • Learn how to organize and lead education and care programs to best meet the needs of the children in your community.
  • Prepare students with knowledge to assist in preschools, private kindergartens, private elementary schools, Head Start programs, child care facilities, and childhood education organizations.
  • Graduate with a solid understanding of the key areas of education theory, curriculum planning, and childhood development

Enjoy Flexibility – 20 courses with start dates every 2 weeks
Choose Where You Learn – 100% online courses
Affordable Monthly Payments – Opt to pay $250 per month

The coursework in the associate of applied science degree can also be applied as a stepping-stone to Aspen University’s bachelor’s degree in early childhood studies, providing all admission standards are met.

Admission Requirements

  • Application – A completed application.
  • High School Transcripts – An official high school transcript or its equivalent. Waived if student has completed at least 15 credits of college-level course work.
  • Official Transcripts – Official transcripts for all previous college credit earned.
  • Minimum GPA Requirement – A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required for all previous high school or college credit.
  • Military Documentation (Optional) – A copy of the most recent orders; or a copy of DD214 (This can be requested from the National Archives.)
  • Transfer Credit Evaluation (Optional) – Students who have earned college credit may submit a transfer credit evaluation report with corresponding course descriptions, and official transcripts from accredited institutions in order to determine which credits may be applied toward the requirements of a program at Aspen University.
  • Conditional Acceptance – Students enrolling in an associates or bachelor’s degree program who have not previously earned college credit from an accredited institution will be Conditionally Accepted pending successful completion of Introduction to Communications. Upon successful completion of Introduction to Communications, students will receive an Unconditional Acceptance.

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