Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

In Illinois a graduate with an Associate of Applied Science in Family and Early Childhood Education has many great opportunities to earn a good salary.

One of the most lucrative and popular activities of a graduate in the state of Illinois is to open a Home Daycare.

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The Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education program prepares undergraduate students to teach students ranging in age from infancy through eight years (grade three), subject to applicable state, municipal, and other school district regulations. Includes preparation to teach all relevant subject matter with an ethical and humanistic approach.

Family and Early Childhood Education students at Quiroga learn to integrate ethics and the use of pedagogical and psychological systems and techniques to impact education through a Catholic worldview. Students will learn to use pedagogical, didactical and psychological methodologies to address problems in real-world settings affecting education, ethics and social service.

In furtherance of Quiroga’s mission, the Associate in Applied Science in Family and Early Childhood program combines liberal arts curriculum with practical training in pedagogical theory and application, to prepare students to help resolve problems holistically.

Students will become professionals who contribute meaningfully to transform people and the communities in which they live, work, and serve.

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Students graduating from Quiroga will possess the following skill sets:

Interpersonal skills and professional fluency for efficient and effective communication in a variety of environments.

An understanding of and ability to demonstrate principled and moral leadership that aligns with organizational goals.

Applied critical thinking, analytical ability, and technical/technological knowledge to solve complex problems and resolve conflicts.

Will have a clear understanding of the cultural, social, and economic environments of the local communities and related international community.

A broad-based liberal arts education which serves to effectively assess social responsibilities and ethical dilemmas in their personal and professional lives.

Student outcomes

The Associate in Applied Science in Family and Early Childhood Education program is designed to holistically train students in the application of educational, pedagogical and educational theory.

At the end of the program, students will:

Have studied pedagogical methodologies from a multicultural framework to address problems in a real-world setting.

Be equipped to use pedagogy, didactic, educational methodology, research, group techniques, interviews, and testing to identify, analyze, evaluate, and solve educational situations for children under eight.

Be able to evaluate and lead the learning process of children under eight.

Have studied and apply pedagogical techniques, educational methodologies, educational psychology, cognitive theories, applied technologies of information, and psych-physical theory.

Emphasize the dignity of every person involved in the applying of theories and methods.

Program requirements

General Education        (21 Credits)

Core Courses     (39 Credits)

Total    (60 Credits)

General Education

Required General Education

5 Required Courses

(3 Credits Each. Total 15 Credits)

Code    Course

ENG 101 English
HIS 101 Universal History
MAT 101 General College Mathematics
PHI 101 Person and University
PHI 104 General Ethics

Elective General Education

2 Required Courses

(3 Credits Each. Total 6 Credits)

Code Course
BIO 101 Biology
HUM 101 Humanities
HUM 102 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on The Americas
LIT 103 Universal Literature

Professional Foundations

Required Core Courses

10 Required Courses

(3 Credits Each. Total 30 Credits)

Code Course
ECE 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
ECE 105 Health, Safety, and Nutrition of the
  Young Child
ECE 202 Child Growth and Development
ECE 204 Music, Play, Art and Movement in The
  Young Child
ECE 206 Introduction to Educational Technology
ECE 207 Standards and Assessment
ECE 220 Child and Family in the Community
INT 201 Internship
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 206 Language and Thinking

Required Elective Core

3 Required Courses

(3 Credits Each. Total 9 Credits)

Code Course
ECE 208 Exceptional Child: Methods and
  Characteristics
ECE 229 Administration and Supervision of
  Pre-school Centers
ENG 104 English for Early Childhood Education
PSY 205 Personality Theories
PSY 208 Motivation and Emotion
BUS 101 Introduction to Administration