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Program Description

With a degree, diploma or certificate in early childhood education, you will be ready to teach and care for children from birth to age eight. Job responsibilities can include planning and teaching.

The Early Childhood Education curriculum combines instruction with practicums under the supervision of qualified teachers. Students will learn theories that foster cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional and creative development of young children.

Coursework includes child growth and development; physical/nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communication skills with parents and children.


The Early Childhood and School-Age Associate programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

View 2020 NAEYC Annual Report Program Outcome Data

Employment Opportunities

Graduating as early childhood education practitioners, students will be equipped to seek employment at:

  • Child development and childcare programs
  • Head Start programs
  • Preschools
  • Public and private schools
  • Recreational centers
  • School-age programs

Educational Opportunities

Contact Information

To learn more about degree, diploma, and certificate programs in early childhood education, contact:

Lauren Meseroll
Education Stars Director

Tonya Silas
Faculty, Early Childhood Education

Dr. Sharon Little
Program Lead/Faculty, Early Childhood Education

Fedder R. Williams
Department Chair, Business and Public Service Technologies

Dr. Maria Lander
Dean, School of Applied Science and Technology

Note: This program may transfer to a four-year institution. For more information, please contact the individual(s) listed above.

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