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Description of Programs

The Associates of Applied Science degree consists of 62 credit hours with a minimum of those consisting of 40 credit hours of early childhood education. Your Butler experience will prepare you to direct a center of up to 100 children, teach in a licensed preschool or child care center, or operate a licensed home daycare.

The one year early childhood education certificate is a vocationally oriented program and includes 29 hours of early childhood education courses as well as basic skill areas in spelling, vocabulary, math, writing and interpersonal communication. Students may add general education requirements to this certificate and additional early childhood hours to complete an Associate’s in Applied Science Degree.

The Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. It is administered through the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Butler Early Childhood Education Department provides the training opportunities that fulfill the educational component required by the grant. However, the student must enroll with ECAAP prior to enrollment and be working in a licensed center willing to participate in the apprenticeship program. Students or centers interested in getting started with this program should contact the ECAAP office, Kansas Department of Commerce, 150 North Main, Suite 100, Wichita, Ks 67202, (316) 771–6830.

The Child Development Associate coursework helps the student fulfill the minimum 120 clock hours of formal childcare education required for the CDA. A student must also complete 480 hours of experience working directly with a preschool or toddler age group. The early childhood education coursework you take through Butler will provide training to cover the six competency areas for the credential. The actual credential is applied for and earned through:

The Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition
2460 16th Street NW
Washington D.C. 20009-575