Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Development Fundamentals

Early childhood professionals support development of young children, birth to age 5, through the design and implementation of appropriate lesson planning, according to the children’s needs.

  • Core curriculum focuses on the appropriate practices that support young children in their development:
    • physically
    • socially
    • emotionally
    • cognitively
    • culturally
  • Program requires many hours observing children and participating in programs for children
  • Associate degree program can be used as a “step up” to bachelor's degree in early childhood education program in the College of Education
  • Option to earn Child Care Worker certificate available in addition to associate degree

Our Faculty

  • are innovative and interactive
  • use multimedia technology to enhance classroom learning

Akron Advantage

Hands-on Research

Students gain practical experience through observation and participation in UA's Center for Early Childhood Development and other centers in Akron and surrounding areas.

Real-world Experience

Gain professional experience through UA's optional cooperative education program or an internship. Participation gives you firsthand, on-the-job training in the field of your choice. Through co-op, you’ll alternate semesters of work and school while earning a competitive salary.

Education Student Organizations

Interact with other early childhood education students and professionals in the field through organizations such as: 

  • Student Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Akron Council of Education Students
  • Black Education Students
  • American Society for Training and Development
  • Student Council for Exceptional Children 

Sample Curriculum


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