Associate in Science 

The Early Childhood Education Program has earned Accreditation from the NAEYC Commission on Associate Degree Accreditation. An associate degree and three certificate options are available in the Early Childhood Education program. The Early Childhood Education associate degree program is validated under the Connecticut Early Childhood Education Articulation Plan. Graduates of the associate degree program are eligible for admission as articulation students to any of the state’s participating baccalaureate institutions that offer Early Childhood Education Teacher Certification programs; in the University of Connecticut’s Human Development and Family Relations major; or in Charter Oak State College’s child studies concentration. 

The terms for credit award and student eligibility vary under each option. However, in general, students must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

  • Be a graduate from a validated associate degree program in Early Childhood Education in Connecticut 
  • Meet specific admissions requirements of the college or university into which transfer is being sought 
  • Complete all Early Childhood Education associate degree courses with a grade of “C” or better and meet the college’s or university’s requirements for transfer of general education 
  • Complete all Early Childhood Education associate degree student teaching with a grade of “C” or better in a center accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 
  • Furthermore, if a student is seeking to transfer into an Early Childhood Education Teacher Certification program, it is strongly recommended that, prior to transfer, she or he possess the following state certification requirements: 
  • A score of 1,100 or better on the SAT, successful completion of the Praxis I examination, or have initiated the process of taking the Praxis I examination 
  • A 2.7 grade point average if seeking admission to a teacher certification education program in Connecticut. 



Carmelita Valencia-Daye
Program Coordinator
(203) 285-2172

For scholarship information contact:
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(800) 832-7784
(203) 397-4036


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