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2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
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Early Childhood Education, AAS

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The Early Childhood Education program provides students with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to create environments that will maximize the developmental and learning potential of all young children (birth to age 8) using developmentally appropriate practices as a foundation for program planning. Issues of diversity, inclusion, and professionalism are intricately woven throughout the coursework. Students will gain experience and knowledge through hands-on participation in early education settings, including but not limited to the FVCC Early Childhood Center (on-campus lab school). Upon completion of this program, students will

  • Apply child development theory to practice;
  • Observe, record, and assess child growth and development;
  • Implement developmentally appropriate curriculum;
  • Incorporate developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed, resilience-building, guidance strategies;
  • Integrate health, safety, and nutrition practices according to local, state, and national standards;
  • Provide a respectful, diverse, and inclusive program;
  • Use interpersonal skills to develop respectful relationships with children and adults;
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical standards; and
  • Advocate for children, families, and the profession.

Transfer Articulation Agreement

Through a partnership with The University of Montana Western, students who complete this Early Childhood Education AAS program have the opportunity to transfer to The University of Montana-Western’s Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education program with junior status. In order to qualify, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the courses designated below with a “T,” earning a “B-” or higher in each course. Students may re-take these courses only one time.

Required Courses

First Year

Second Year

Total Credits: 67

1 Offered spring semester of odd years only.

2 Offered spring semester of even years only.

“T” indicates courses in which students must earn at least a “B-” in order to satisfy terms of the transfer articulation agreement explained above. 

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.

Program Information

  • Many EDEC courses are offered alternate spring semesters, with the exception of EDEC 295, which is offered every spring.  Most EDEC fall courses are offered every fall.  Please check with your advisor to ensure you are planning appropriately.

Opportunities after Graduation

  • The demand for well-educated early childhood educators continues to increase. Program graduates are qualified to practice in a variety of early education and care settings, including early childhood education programs, child care centers, family home care settings, preschools, and public school classrooms as primary grade para-educators. Continued education and experience provides opportunities to become teacher trainers, early childhood consultants, early education specialists, and program administrators. The AAS degree in Early Childhood Education also articulates into UM-Western’s BS program in Early Childhood Education and/or Pre-K-3 Education.

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center or the Faculty Advisor. 

Student Support Center Advisor Faculty Advisor                           
Jori Bullemer Eliza Thomas, M.A.
LRC 129 BSS 120
(406) 756-3905 (406) 756-4865

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