Prepare to meet eligibility requirements as a teaching assistant in early childhood education (ages 3-8) in the District of Columbia. After completing the A.A. program, you are prepared to continue your education and glide seamlessly into Trinity’s Bachelor of Arts in early childhood education program.

You’ll learn how schools and families interact to influence development and learning, the foundations of how children learn, strategies to help young children acquire language and literacy skills, and techniques for observing and assessing growth. You’ll also learn to recognize and adapt to students’ needs, interests and readiness levels through innovative, research-based pedagogical practices.

Trinity has small class sizes for individualized attention and faculty teach foundational knowledge in an applied format, integrating your work and life experiences with the course information.

You’ll gain a core of knowledge, skills and field-based experiences empowering you to make an impact on student learning.

PROGRAM QUICK FACTS


Degree Level: Undergraduate
Degree Type: A.A.
School: School of Professional Studies
Format: Evening/Weekend
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Prepare to meet eligibility requirements as a teaching assistant in early childhood education (ages 3-8) in the District of Columbia. After completing the A.A. program, you are prepared to continue your education and glide seamlessly into Trinity’s Bachelor of Arts in early childhood education program.

You’ll learn how schools and families interact to influence development and learning, the foundations of how children learn, strategies to help young children acquire language and literacy skills, and techniques for observing and assessing growth. You’ll also learn to recognize and adapt to students’ needs, interests and readiness levels through innovative, research-based pedagogical practices.

Trinity has small class sizes for individualized attention and faculty teach foundational knowledge in an applied format, integrating your work and life experiences with the course information.

You’ll gain a core of knowledge, skills and field-based experiences empowering you to make an impact on student learning.

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Prepare to meet eligibility requirements as teaching assistants in early childhood education (ages 3-8) in the District of Columbia

Just 32 Credits To Complete!

EDCC 205 Children, Families, Culture and the Community in Early Childhood
EDCC 207 Development of Learning Experiences in Early Childhood Education
EDCC 211 Development of Early Childhood Oral Language and Literacy Skills
EDCC 213 Observation, Description and Measurement of Growth in Early Childhood
EDCC 220 Foundations of Education
EDCC 292 Early Childhood Education Capstone Seminar
EDTE 290 Practicum and Seminar in Early Childhood Learning

Prepare for Success: Potential Careers

  • Pre-School Assistant Teacher
  • Child Development Center Assistant Director
  • Child Development Home Owner/Director (expanded home)
  • Teacher (community based programs only)
  • Group Leader

Accreditation

Trinity’s education programs are state approved and nationally recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (N.A.E.Y.C.), by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (N.C.A.T.E.), and the Council for Professional Recognition as a Gold Standard. Course syllabi and classroom activities reflect the standards of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (I.N.T.A.S.C.).

Trinity professors are amazing.
Kendra Hawkins, ’19, A.A. Early Childhood Education

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