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Associate of Science
Early Child Development (A.A.S.)
This degree provides you with professional preparation to enter the work force. This degree is made to only be a two-year degree and is not intended to be transferable to a four-year college. This program is designed to help graduates become teachers or directors for different settings with child development.
A female student interacts with excitement at four preschool aged children who are building crafts out of paper at a table.
Gain Hands-On Experience
The BYU-Idaho Professional Preschool Education Program (PPE) leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree. It offers students the opportunity for in-depth study and experience in teaching young children in the "R Children" preschool located on BYU-Idaho's campus. The "R Children" preschool is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of young children.

The PPE degree is intended to be a "terminal degree" (one that provides professional preparation to enter the work-force). Students who seek to graduate in PPE should realize that the program is not intended to be transferable to four-year colleges, or to be the foundation for a teaching certificate in early childhood education.

The PPE program is well designed to help graduates become teachers in or directors of developmentally appropriate child care centers or preschools in home and commercial settings or to be qualified teacher's aides in nursery schools, kindergartens, and special education/inclusion classes.

In this degree, you will promote child development and learning through building relationships with families and communities. You will learn to observe, document, and assess the support of young children and families, helping to make a difference in their lives.

Highlighted Career Paths

Graduates with a degree in Professional Preschool Education have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.
Preschool Teacher
Working with pre-K children, you will assess their development and learning. Teachers teach language, social, and motor skills to young children and work with them to be sure they are prepared for kindergarten.
Preschool Director
Working in a preschool, or in a childcare center, directors supervise staff, design programs, oversee the budget, and are in charge of the overall program. Programs can include before and after school care.
Teacher’s Aide
A teacher’s aide assists the teacher, whether it be a childcare center or pre-school. They assist the teacher in activity planning, preparation, and in reviewing each child’s progress. They may also supervise or take over for the teacher on certain days and help in whatever way the teacher may need.

Getting Started in this degree

If you are interested in Professional Preschool Education, start with one of the following major-specific courses

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