Early Childhood/Child Development Program


Associate in Science

 Degree In

Early Childhood [06600]

Child Development



STAR Conceptual Framework

The conceptual framework for Western’s Early Childhood and Child Development program continues to use the six-sided STAR as a symbol to represent the program’s core values. 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 is achieved through transformational course work and implementation with the children in the field.

Successful Students
Teaching, learning, growing and developmentally appropriate practice
Assessment and improvement
Reflection and Research


The Associate in Science in Early Childhood and the Associate in Applied Science in Child Development degrees at Western Oklahoma State College are accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, The accreditation term runs from May 2018 through March 2023.

 NAEYC Accreditation



NAEYC Standards, Program Outcomes and Alignment of Key Assessment

NAEYC Standards

*Key Assessments (KA) are used to evaluate students to ensure the NAEYC Professional Standards and Competencies along with the Program Outcomes are met.
KA #1-Case Study Course-Spanning Project; KA #2-Learning Plan Course-Spanning Project; KA #3-Classroom Structures Course-Spanning Project; KA #4-Children’s Book Activity Course-Spanning Project; KA #5-Environment Plan Course-Spanning Project; and KA #6-Culturally Education Responsive Course-Spanning Project


BAC Badge BAC Badge



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