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2017 - 2018 Catalog 
2017 - 2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Programs

Program of Study Options

East Central College offers students five degree options: the Associate of Arts (AA), the Associate of Applied Science (AAS), the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT), the Associate of Fine Arts (AFA), and the Associate of Science (AS). These degree choices afford students a variety of options based on their academic interest and career choices.

Distance Education

ECC offers a variety of distance education opportunities for students through the campus learning management system, Moodle. The following options for the use of the learning management system to support learning are available to students:

Web On-Line - Course is taught entirely on-line. Other than any required orientations sessions and testing on campus, students will submit all work, including some quizzes/tests and assignments, on-line. No regular campus attendance is required for successful completion of this course. Students should have access to high speed internet.

Web Hybrid - Course meeting time is reduced by a maximum of 50%; remainder of course is taught as an on-line class. Students will be required to attend class meetings on a regular, scheduled basis; scheduled class meeting times will be published in advance. Students will complete a portion of the course as an on-line class. Students should have access to high speed internet.

Web Enhanced - Course will meet at a regularly scheduled class time. Students will be required to use Moodle for resource and course support material; quizzes, discussions and other submissions may be required via Moodle. Students should have access to high speed internet.

The General Education Requirements for the Associate of Arts Degree

East Central College offers a 42 hour general education block of coursework that satisfies the Missouri Department of Higher Education general education model. General education at ECC is organized around the institution’s common learning objectives and coursework. In meeting this standard, students graduating from ECC with an AA degree and transferring to a public baccalaureate institution in Missouri will enter the transfer institution at the junior level and will have satisfied the lower division general education requirement. Students completing their AA degree and transferring to public baccalaureate institutions are assured full acceptance of the general education coursework.

A student is required to demonstrate skills in each of the following three areas:

  • Communicating (COM): Improve written and oral communication skills; adapt and apply communication to academic and professional purposes, audiences and contexts; demonstrate the use of technology to analyze and communicate information; and use active listening and reading skills.


  • Creative/Critical Thinking (CTT): Improve the application of relevant knowledge and theory to new ideas, positions or solutions; assess and analyze concepts and data; formulate meaningful questions; and interpret and evaluate evidence and arguments.


  • Ethics and Social Responsibility (ESR): Develop cross cultural awareness and an understanding of global interconnectedness; apply multiple worldviews, analyze ethical choices and consequences; and understand the core values and accountability of citizenship in a democratic society


Associate of Arts

Associate of Applied Science

Associate of Arts in Teaching

Associate of Fine Arts

Associate of Science

Certificate of Achievement

Certificate of Specialization