The A.A.S. degree in our Early Childhood Program allow students to work in preschools, daycares and other settings. Many continue their education for advanced degrees and obtain leadership roles. Our faculty assist students with learning about available jobs and do everything possible to help graduates succeed in their field.

We also offer five stackable certificates including, Before and After School Care, Early Childhood Educator Level 2, Early Childhood Educator Level 3, Infant/Toddler Level 2, Infant/Toddler Level 3.

The college is recognized as an entitled institution for the Gateways to Opportunity Family Child Care Credential, a state-recognized credential. Learn more.

 

What can I do with an A.A.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education?

This program prepares students for careers in early childhood development. It provides mid-management skills needed to work in kindergartens, nursery schools, daycare centers, and special programs for children from infancy through age 8.

Before and After School Care Certificate

This program provides knowledge including the legal requirements for administering and running a before and after school program.

Early Childhood Educator Level 2 Certificate

This program prepares students to work with children ages three to eight at the most basic level. All students must have a high school diploma or GED. Students will develop the basic skills and theoretical practice to work in a variety of educational settings in schools, families and communities with children from age three through eight years old.

Early Childhood Educator Level 3 Certificate

This program prepares students for a career in early childhood education with children ages three to eight years old. It provides opportunities for students to build on the skills established in the Early Childhood Educator Level 2 certificate and to develop the additional necessary skills and theoretical practice to work in a variety of educational settings in schools, families, and communities from ages three to eight years old.

Infant/Toddler Level 2 Certificate

The program prepares the student to work with infants and toddlers at the most basic level. All students must have a high school diploma or GED.

Infant/Toddler Level 3 Certificate

This program prepares students for a career in early childhood education in the infant and toddlers field. It provides opportunities for students to build on the skills established in the Infant/Toddler Level 2 Certificate and to develop the additional necessary skills and theoretical practice to work in a variety of educational settings in schools, families, and communities from birth to age 4.

Job Outlook

Employment of preschool teachers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected due to a continued focus on the importance of early childhood education.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

Program Details

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
Before and After School CareCertificate1474Education
Early Childhood EducatorA.A.S.1264Education
Infant/Toddler Level 2Certificate1472Education
Infant/Toddler Level 3Certificate1473Education

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Contact the program coordinator, Gail Ditchman, at (708) 974-5564 or complete the form below.