College of Education

Early Childhood Education, Online AS

Experience both academic theory and hands-on application through a series of classes, lab experiences and practicum to develop an understanding of physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of young children and acquire skill in planning and implementing programs that promote development. The program prepares you to work in a variety of early childhood education settings including child care centers, nursery schools, Head Start programs, school-age child care programs, and family day care homes. The Early Childhood Education AS degree prepares you for employment as teachers in childhood programs and para-professionals in public school preschools.  This degree can also prepare you to move into an Elementary Education Bachelors Degree.

program overview

$255

Cost Per Credit

2

Years to Completion

63-66

Credits

career ready

  • Analyze and discuss child development theories.
  • Develop and implement strategies for building school, family, and community relationships.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of assessments (formal and informal) and evaluate data relative to developmental needs of children.
  • Create and teach developmentally and culturally appropriate curriculum.
  • Model moral and ethical practices within the early childhood profession.

employment opportunities

Preschool Teacher

Instruct preschool-aged students, following curricula or lesson plans, in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth. Teach basic skills, such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills. Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order. Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students’ varying needs and interests.

Home Child Care Provider

Attend to children at schools, businesses, private households, and childcare institutions. Perform a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play. Communicate with children’s parents or guardians about daily activities, behaviors, and related issues. Support children’s emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts.

Para-professional Educator

Assist a preschool, elementary, middle, or secondary school teacher with instructional duties. Serve in a position for which a teacher has primary responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services.

Create Your Own Daycare or Preschool

The Early Childhood Program prepares you to create your own daycare or preschool. Through the experience both academic theory and hands-on application through a series of classes, lab experiences and practicum to develop an understanding of physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of young children and acquire skill in planning and implementing programs that promote development.

Education and Childcare Administrator (Preschool and Daycare)

Plan, direct, or coordinate academic or nonacademic activities of preschools or childcare centers and programs, including before- and after-school care. Confer with parents and staff to discuss educational activities and policies and students’ behavioral or learning problems. Monitor students’ progress and provide students and teachers with assistance in resolving any problems.

admission requirements

1

Application

Fill out an online Dixie State University application and pay the application fee.

Application
2

Transcripts & Test Scores

Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. If not transferring any college credits or transferring less than 24 credits, also submit high school transcripts and ACT, SAT, or placement scores.

important dates

January 10, 2022

The next semester and start date for this program.

November 8, 2021

Registration opens for the spring 2022 semester.

Spring, Summer, and Fall

Your start dates for the program. More information can be found in the Academic Calendar.

faqs

How do I apply for admission?

First, determine which category of student you are:

  • New Student – A matriculated student who has never attended any college or university, including students who earned credit before graduating from high school.
    These students are NOT concurrent enrollment or early enrollment students.
  • Transfer Student – A matriculated student who, after high school graduation, attended another college or university and did not attend Dixie State University.
  • Returning Student – A matriculated student who previously attended Dixie State University after high school graduation but has not attended in three or more semesters, including students who may have attended another college or university since they were enrolled at Dixie State University.
  • International Student – A matriculated or non-matriculated student who is not a U.S. citizen and has not received immigrant status from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
  • Non-degree Seeking – A non-matriculated student attending college classes for personal interest, enrichment, or growth.
  • Home Schooled – Taught at home using other approved curriculum. Certified by Parent/Guardian.

FOR NEW STUDENTS:

  1. Completed application
  2. $35.00 non-refundable fee
  3. Official high school transcripts or GED scores
  4. Test results (ACT, SAT, Accuplacer)
    • If you are a transfer student, we need official college transcripts for all schools attended. If transferring more than 24 credits, however, then high school transcripts/test scores are not required. Submitting test scores may still be helpful, though, depending on which classes you are enrolling in for prerequisite checking.
  5. To see requirements for the additional student types, refer to the Admissions Summary Sheet.

Visit Admissions

How do I order a transcript?

Transcripts can be ordered from your high school or college/university you previously attended. Some schools and institutions allow you to order your transcript online; check with your school for ordering instructions and pricing. For more detailed information on how to order transcripts, please follow the links below.

High School Transcripts Instructions

College Transcripts Instructions

Please allow time for the transcripts to be received and processed. If you have questions about if we have received your transcripts, you can contact us at 435-879-4323 or email us at brett.lunceford@dixie.edu.

How will my credits transfer to Dixie State University?

Once we have received your transcripts our registrars office will perform a transcript evaluation. This will tell us and you how your credits will transfer. You can also use our Transfer Guide to give you an idea of how your credits will transfer.

Transfer Guide

Why can't I log in to MyDixie?

The most common reasons why students cannot login include:

  1. You are not fully admitted yet
  2. You are admitted but aren’t entering the correct login & password (call 435-652-7777)
  3. You have entered the incorrect password more than three times and have been locked out.
  4. Your web browser is not accepting cookies (see google’s article: How to Enable Cookies).

Your username is your Dixie ID number (must begin with d).

Is my admissions application complete?

Log into your application portal as a returning user. Or contact the admissions office phone: 435-652-7777, or email us at admissions@dixie.edu

Application Portal

How do I apply for a scholarship?

If you have been admitted by the scholarship deadline, you are automatically considered for all academic scholarships based on your high school GPA and ACT or SAT test scores.

scholarship website

Contact

support

DSU One-Stop

Phone: 435-879-4323
Office: Holland Centennial Commons 161D