Early Childhood Program
WESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE COLLEGE
Early Childhood/Child Development Program
Providing Quality Education for Quality Child Care...
The conceptual framework for Western's Early Childhood/Child Development program continues to drive and support the program's mission and goals and to adhere to NAEYC standards. The conceptual framework is a result of collaborative input from students, faculty, administratiors, and community stakeholders. The conceptual framework continues to use the STAR as a symbol of the Early Childhood/Child Development program's core values. As the program has grown, matured, and standards have evolved into six, the STAR has transformed to meet the evolution. Each point on the STAR symbolizes each of the standards, but the driving force is always each and every child. What students need to know and be able to do in the workforce to support the needs of each and every child are achieved through transformational course work and implementation with the children in the field.
The Associate in Science in Early Childhood and Associate in Applied Science in Child Development Programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The NAEYC Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs awards accreditation to early childhood associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree programs that demonstrate evidence of excellence by meeting the NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards.