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Early Childhood Education Program

Early Childhood Education Program

Early Childhood Education Program

 

Early childhood teachers and administrators provide foundational support for children and families in our communities.

Southwest offers three early childhood degrees that provide students with extensive knowledge related to early childhood education.  The AAS-ECE degree prepares students to be educators in Department of Human Services licensed programs serving children birth to eight years old. The AS-ECE prepares students to transfer to a four-year college with a strong foundation in early childhood.

Program Overview

The early childhood program offers a Technical Certificate and two degrees - Associate of Science in Early Childhood and Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood.

The program is accredited through the National Association for Education of Young Children, NAEYC.

Scholarship funding is available through www.southwest.tn.edu/tecta.

Mission:  The Early Childhood Education Program will anticipate and respond to the educational needs of employers and higher education institutions in Shelby County, the state of Tennessee and the surrounding region as we prepare students to acquire and demonstrate developmentally appropriate practices that ensure quality services for children from birth to age eight.

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Early Childhood Education A.A.S.

Early Childhood Education T.C.

Early Childhood Education A.S.

National Association for the Education of Young Children Standards

The AAS-ECE program uses the NAEYC standards as the defined learning objectives for all students within the program. Please refer to their website for a list of standards.

CURRENT STUDENT DEMOGRAPHICS PERCENT
Enrolled full-time 41.37%
Enrolled part-time 58.62%
African American or Black 65.51%
Caucasian or White 23.56%
Latinx 4.59%
American Indian/Native American/Native Alaskan 0.57%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.57%
Male 2.29%
Female 97.70%

The chart below provides available information on the number and percentage of program graduates employed in the early childhood profession or pursuing further education in the profession within one year of graduation for each of the three most recent academic years for which information is available. 

Academic Year Number of Graduates Percentage of Graduates employed in the early childhood profession within one year of graduation* Percentage of Graduates pursuing further education in the early childhood profession within one year of graduation*
2019 7 83% 17%
2018 1 0% 100%
2017 10 80% 0%

Associate of Applied Science – Early Childhood Education

Academic year in which a Fall cohort of full-time candidates enrolled in the program (select three sequential years) Percentage of those candidates who completed the program within 150% of the published timeframe Percentage of those candidates who completed the program within 100%, 200% (twice) or 300% (three times) of the published timeframe (Please circle, underline or bold the indicator above on which the program will report.)
2014-2015 25% 25%
2015-2016 44% 0%
2016-2017 3% 6%
2017-2018 0% 0%

The chart below indicates the number and percentage of program completers for the three most recent academic years.

Academic Year Number of program completers % of program completers who were attending full-time (at the time of completion) % of program completers who were attending part-time[1] (at the time of completion)
18-19 5 66.66% 33.34%
19-20 5 33.34% 66.66%
20-21 5 20% 80%

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