The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Early Learning and Development program is designed to prepare individuals to enter the workforce as Early Childhood Professionals and to assist individuals employed in the field to upgrade and expand their skills. The program emphasizes the roles of early care and education professionals, families, and the wider society as they together meet the contemporary needs of young children. Course work includes the principles of developmental science, professionalism in early childhood work, philosophies and methods of early learning, and the impact of standards on practice. To apply planning, management, and evaluation skills, students will observe, participate, and intern in state licensed early childhood programs.
The college, in recognition of its special relationship to the Indian community, offers an innovative program in Tribal Development. The program seeks to prepare individuals to assume positions of management and leadership within tribal communities. The Associate in Applied Science degree program requirements include courses unique to tribal development in addition to courses which provide a broad preparation in management and supervision.