UACCM Academics

Career-Specific Program Overview

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Early Childhood Development

The Early Childhood Development (ECD) program combines classroom study and field experience with children from birth to eight years of age. Students gain an understanding of the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth and development of all children within an inclusive environment.

Completion of the A.A.S. program includes 330 hours of field experience, all of which is gained through UACCM’s Earle Love Child Study Center — a fully-licensed child care center — and other quality sites.

Career Opportunities

  • Child care facility owners and directors
  • Child care center directors
  • Head Start teachers
  • Infant/toddler teachers
  • Preschool teachers
  • Assistant teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Arkansas Better Chance Preschool paraprofessionals

Graduates completing the Associate of Applied Science degree may also continue on to a Bachelor of Science degree through a partnership with the University of Central Arkansas.


  • Passing both the FBI criminal background check and the Arkansas child maltreatment check are required for most classes.
  • Documentation of a tuberculosis assessment and clearance required for some classes
  • Current influenza vaccine
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and stand for prolonged periods of time

Degree Options