The Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Care and Education prepares student-professionals to work with young children in a variety of private and public care and educational settings.
This program of study focuses on the fundamentals of early childhood development and the methodologies of planning and implementing programs designed to promote healthy development in children from birth to five years of age.
Completion of this degree does not qualify graduates for teaching licensure or certification.
The Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Care and Education provides an ideal academic background for students who wish to pursue the Child Development Associate credential, sponsored by the Council for Professional Recognition.
In addition to meeting institutional and general education objectives, the Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education seeks to prepare its graduates for professional care of children from birth to five years old in a variety of settings via the following program outcomes. Graduates in this degree program will be able to:
American Public University is part of American Public University System, an accredited university offering more than 180 degree and certificate programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. All courses are online, so students have the flexibility of taking classes any time or any place that fits their schedule. Our degree programs are designed to be challenging and relevant to working adults in both the public and private sectors and can help enhance their current career or prepare them for a career change.
Detailed Course Facts
Application deadline Rolling admissions Tuition fee
We charge a $50 technology fee (per course). Additional fees might apply.
Start date Any time 2015 First Monday of every month Credits 61 points
Languages Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode Online Educational variant Part-time Intensity Flexible Part-time variant Flexible Structure Fully structured Student interaction Online group works/assignments Attendance No Attendance Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request More information Go To The Course Website
Lower Level Electives
Electives are typically courses available at your degree level that are not currently required as a part of your degree program/academic plan. Please visit the catalog to view a complete listing of courses.
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 520
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to
take an IELTS test.
Our university welcomes international applicants from many countries around the world. We are an online university and students are not required to enter the U.S. Therefore, we do not issue I-20 or DS-2019 forms for the F-1 or J-1 student visas.
In addition to the admission requirements for undergraduate or graduate study, we may require additional documents related to residency, English proficiency, and educational background. Our institution maintains the right to require this documentation when needed.
This category includes associate, bachelor's, undergraduate courses for transfer, and undergraduate certificates. Note: Students wishing to take individual courses to transfer elsewhere must enroll as "undergraduate corses for transfer", which means you are not seeking a degree with us. All undergraduate-level applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma.
Students without college-level academic credits OR non-degree-seeking:
Students with previous college-level academic credits information:
Associate or bachelor degree students
Undergraduate certificate students
As an international student, you must have your non-U.S. college and university transcripts (those not accredited by CHEA or AUCC) evaluated by a credential evaluation agency, listed below, that can interpret your educational background received outside the United States and provide statements of U.S. equivalencies.
Agency Issued Reports
Evaluation agencies will complete your evaluation in one of two ways:
Accepted Credential Evaluation Agencies
You are responsible for contacting one of these accepted foreign education evaluation agencies to have your non-U.S. transcript evaluated, and to receive procedure and fee information:
*Because membership may change throughout the year, visit the NACES or AICE websites to see the most current information.
Agencies Should Use the Following Address to Send Transcript Evaluations:
American Public University System
Attn: Document Services
10110 Battleview Parkway, Suite 114
Manassas, VA 20109
Please note: Faxed evaluation reports are not considered official.
English Proficiency for International Students
Non-exempt, non-U.S. citizens must provide verification of English proficiency by submitting the results of a standardized test.
The university's preference is for students to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, but we would accept the other standardized tests listed below as well.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Paper Based Test-520 with TWE of 4.0
Internet Based Test
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)-Academic Version
Tests Requiring University Approval First
To submit one of the following tests in place of the TOEFL or IELTS, contact email@example.com for approval.
Advanced Placement International English Language (APIEL)
General Certificate of Education (GCE)
International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGSCE)
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GSCE)
Transcripts and Other Documentation Needed
The following types of individuals are required to provide us additional documentation and should read the relevant sections below for details on the necessary documentation
Note: If you are an undergraduate student with no previous college credit, or if you are a non-degree seeking student, we will not need any transcripts.
Undergraduate Students with Previous College Credit
If you are an undergraduate student with previous college credit and you have not earned a bachelors degree or above yet, we need:
Official transcripts sent from all previous institutions
TCE application for transfer credit review
If the course work was completed at an institution not accredited by a U.S. recognized body, you will need to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an international education agency.
No work experience is required.
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.
The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than American Public University.
International applicants are required to pay each course in full using a U.S. credit card or money order. The Automatic Debit Plan (ADP) payment option is available when used with a credit card drawn from a U.S. institution.
Suggestions for international students seeking financial assistance to fund their studies at APUS:
American Public University is part of the American Public University System (APUS), which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC accredits degree-granting institutions located in a 19-state region, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
ED formally recognizes accrediting commissions that meet all federal standards, and CHEA extends recognition to accrediting bodies and their institutions that meet these established standards. Accreditation should be important to you because it determines a schools eligibility for federal and state financial aid, and may influence acceptance of transfer credits and admission to accredited graduate schools.
In addition to our HLC accreditation, our B.S. in Nursing program, as well as many of our business programs, have obtained specialized accreditation from external accrediting organizations in these specific disciplines.
Credits and degrees earned through APUS may be recognized for promotion, assignment, and position qualification standards within the military, federal government, and private sector. For students transferring to other colleges, APUS credit is considered transfer-eligible based on its accreditation. However, APUS cannot guarantee that its credit will be accepted, as acceptance of credit is always the prerogative of the receiving institution.
This level of accreditation requires a significant amount of self-study and presentation of evidence to satisfy the demanding requirements of accrediting organizations. Obtaining accreditation with HLC demonstrates our focus on providing academic excellence and the best possible experience for our students.
As an accredited institution, our university is eligible to participate in federal educational entitlement programs such as military tuition assistance, government tuition reimbursement programs, the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill, and many corporate education assistance programs. In addition, APUS has been granted approval by the Department of Education to participate in Title IV Federal Student Aid Programs.
Further information on recognition policies and standards may be found on the following websites:
U.S. Department of Education (ED)
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
(800) USA-LEARN (800-872-5327)
Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC 20036
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
View the APUS 2011 HLC Reaccreditation letter
In addition to our HLC accreditation, our university has obtained specialized/programmatic accreditation through appropriate governing organizations for the specific academic programs listed below. The curriculum for these programs meets the higher standards required by these external accrediting organizations.
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
A.S., B.S., and M.S. in Accounting; A.A. in Business Administration; Bachelor of Business Administration; Master of Business Administration; B.A. in Marketing; A.A., B.A., and M.A. in Management; A.A. and B.A. in Retail Management; A.A. and B.A. in Hospitality Management; B.A. and M.A. in Transportation and Logistics Management; and A.A. in Real Estate Studies.
The B.A. and M.A. in Reverse Logistics Management and the B.A. and M.A. in Entrepreneurship programs within the School of Business are not accredited by ACBSP. They will be eligible for accreditation once they have been standing for a minimum of two years and each has at least one graduate.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
B.S. in Nursing (RN to BSN)
CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.
Council for Education for Public Health (CEPH)
At this time, our university is not accredited by CEPH, and our prior application for CEPH accreditation lapsed on January 1, 2013. However, the governing body of the CEPH, at its June 2013 meeting, formally approved our request to begin the accreditation process for our Master of Public Health program. The steps and timeline for the CEPH accreditation process are subject to modification, and there is no assurance that we (or any institution seeking accreditation) will achieve this accreditation.
Professional Recognition and Affiliation
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Sports and Health Sciences
American Sport Education Program (ASEP) (B.S.)
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) (M.S.)
Information Systems Security
National Security Agency (NSA) - Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE)
Child and Family Development
National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)
School of Education, M.Ed. Teaching, M.Ed. Educational Leadership, M.Ed. School Counseling
WV state approved educator certification programs (WVDE)