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Business, Education, Social Science, & Technology Division

Business, Education, Social Science, & Technology Division

Early Childhood / Preschool Education, A.A.S. (Cumberland)


The rapidly growing preschool field of private and public day care, Head Start,
nursery and public preschool centers has created numerous positions in a variety of settings for graduates of this program. Graduates are employed as group
teachers in private child care facilities, paraprofessionals in public schools, and as
directors of private preschools and home day cares. Others move into bachelor’s and master’s degree programs to become fully certified early childhood teachers.
Students are introduced to child development, learning theory, language and literacy development, classroom management, and problem-solving through
math, science, technology and the arts.

Program Goals
Upon completion of this program, students should be able to:
·Distinguish and apply the well-known and influential educational theories to
·Design a developmentally appropriate classroom environment to meet the
needs of young children.
·Develop observation skills and apply those skills to a case study
·Develop language and literacy skill in young children.
·Use the arts, sciences, and math in planning an integrated activity to broaden
the child’s knowledge base, solve problems and to help children relate to
·Locate, retrieve and critically evaluate information and information sources
related to the profession.
·Evaluate and reflect upon their professional growth and development by
creating a professional portfolio.

Rowan College welcomes students seeking a post-secondary education. Admission to this program is open to high school graduates, GED (General Education Development) recipients or others who can benefit from the instruction offered. High school students may be considered for early admission or the High School Option program. Applications are accepted from residents of other New Jersey counties and other states and countries.

When you Graduate

AAS programs are designed for students who want to enter a career directly after
graduating. Upon completion of the AAS program, however, students may choose to transfer to Thomas Edison State College to complete a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies. An agreement with Montclair State University enables students to obtain Teacher Certification in Preschool through Third Grade with one year of post baccalaureate study. With an additional year in P-3 studies, students obtain a master’s degree through a collaborative agreement
between MSU and CCC. This program is designed for the rapidly growing preschool field of private and public day care, Head Start, nursery and
public preschool centers. Students are introduced to child development, learning
theory, language and literacy development, classroom management, and problem-solving through math, science, technology ​and the arts.
Career Opportunities

The content and requirements of the program requirements may be altered at any time at the discretion of the College. The program requirements were checked for accuracy at the time of publishing but should not be considered a contract between the College and the student.​