AA Early Childhood Care


and Education


The Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Care and Education comprises the first 60 credits of the Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Care and Education. It is primarily a transfer degree which provides the foundation knowledge on which the bachelor’s degree is built. COSTAATT students may transfer into the BA ECCE as long as their performance on the AA ECCE meets the prerequisite requirements. Transfer to other institutions locally and regionally is dependent on the requirements at those institutions.


Five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A and mathematics, Grades 1,2,3* or A,B,C.

*Grade 3 accepted if attained in June 1998 or beyond

Applicants who possess CAPE or A’Level qualifications may be considered for advanced standing (the award of credits towards your degree programme).


    Contact Admissions

    2 Years (FT)
    3 Years (PT)



    ECCE 100 Introduction to the World of the Learner 3 COMM 108 or Oral Presentation Skills or 3
    ECCE 103 Health, Fitness and Safety in Early Childhood Care and Education 3 COMM 118 Communication in the Workplace 3
    ECCE 120 Introduction to Developmental Disabilities 3 LIBS 130 Fundamentals of Research Skills 3
    ECCE 150 Child Development 3 WRIT 117 Fundamentals of Writing 3
    ECCE 200 Emergent Literacy Methods 3 MATH 116 Contemporary College Math 3
    ECCE 204 Emergent Mathematics 3 SCIE 121 Foundation of Natural Sciences 3
    ECCE 206 Classroom Science 3 Total Core Curriculum Credits 15
    ECCE 211 Instructional Technology for Early Learners 3 SUPPORT COURSES
    ECCE 215 Principles of Early Childhood Education 3 EDUC 124 Sign language I 3
    ECCE 240 Classroom Management 3 EDUC 125 Advanced Sign Language for Educators 3
    ECCE 301 Foundations of Educational Psychology 3 LIBS 273 Introduction to Children’s Literature 3
    Total Credits in Major Area of Study 33 MATH 175 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers 3
    Total Support Credits 12

    The table below provides a summary of fees payable to the College. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to receive government’s GATE funding for tuition expenses listed hereunder.

    Fees Citizens Caricom International Per
    Applications: Paper-based $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 Application
    Applications: Online Free Free Free Application
    Registration $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 Semester
    Tuition $300.00 $400.00 $750.00 Credit
    Administrative Fee $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Technology $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Student Insurance $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 Annum
    Student Guild $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Annum

    Included in the college fees, is basic insurance coverage for accident and injury. However, CARICOM and international students are also required to secure additional insurance to cover medical expenses.

    All students of COSTAATT are required to pay an annual insurance fee of $30.00. Completed student insurance forms must be submitted to the College at the beginning of the first semester in which students register for the academic year. Coverage is restricted to students who are between ages 16 to 65.

    The College accepts the following methods of payment:

    • Cash
    • LINX
    • Visa/Master card
    • Certified/Manager’s cheque

    Institutional fees are non-refundable. Students who officially withdraw from the College may be eligible for a refund of tuition fees in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Academic Calendar. Please note that students in receipt of GATE funding are not eligible for tuition refunds.


    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses programme (GATE) provides free tuition to all eligible citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing approved programmes at public and private tertiary level institutions. Information on eligibility and conditions for accessing GATE funding is available at the Ministry of Education website at:  www.moe.gov.tt

    Students must note that GATE funding is available for the duration of their course of study and one year beyond. Students who fail to complete their programme within the stipulated time frame will be required to meet the cost of programme completion.

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme is a one hundred per cent, tuition fee funding programme offered by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to apply, and students must be registered in a course of study leading to a tertiary level qualification.

    For further information on the GATE programme please visit the website of the Ministry of Education.

    The vast majority of the College’s programmes are eligible for GATE.


    Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)

    The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is a special loan facility made available to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who are enrolled in an approved tertiary level programme at a registered tertiary institution to meet the following expenses:

    • tuition fees
    • accommodation
    • airfare and other transportation costs
    • personal maintenance costs and living expenses
    • books and related materials
    • special equipment
    • other related tertiary expenses

    For further information on the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) students can visit the Ministry of Education website at: www.moe.gov.tt


    Payment Plans

    Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details: registrar@costaatt.edu.tt

    To be awarded the Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Care and Education, students must successfully complete the 60 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0 according to the following distribution:

    Required courses in the major area of study 33 credits
    Total courses in major area of study 33 credits
    Core curriculum courses 15 credits
    Support courses 12 credits
    Total Credits Required for Graduation           60 credits

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