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Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood

Earn your AAS in early childhood in only 2 years and go on to work in childcare and/or education, or continue at WSU to earn your bachelor’s degree.

Why Choose Early Childhood?

  • High demand for well-educated pre-kindergarten teachers
  • Positions available in Head Start and childcare
  • Great preparation for parenting
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Practica and student teaching in the Melba S. Lehner Children’s School

What You’ll Learn

You will learn about child development and its foundation for young children’s learning and teacher planning, along with early childhood curriculum assessment and instruction. You will be prepared to teach preschool children.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates with an Early Childhood Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree are prepared to work in a variety of professional early childhood settings with children from birth through age 8. Graduates may be employed in positions such as:

  • Assistant Head Start and Early Head Start Teacher
  • Preschool or “daycare” Teacher Assistant
  • Paraprofessional classroom Aide


Field Experience

Take part in practica and student teaching at the Melba S. Lehner Children's School, which provides education and care for children of Weber State University students, faculty and staff. To participate, fill out the application and return it to the Children’s School.


Call 801-626-6277 for more information.

Background Check Fingerprinting

Criminal background clearance for field experiences in CHF 2600, CHF 2610 and CHF 2620 in the on campus lab schools is not required. You must be fingerprinted and have a background check prior to enrolling in CHF 2860 Practicum (see CHF 2860 Background Check polices). If you are an online student completing your field experiences off campus, you will need to comply with the requirements in that location. This is in compliance with Utah State Law. Allow for an eight-week response time from the state. 

WSU Fingerprinting


Revised 05/13/21 (under construction)
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