Early Childhood Education

Associate of Applied Science  |  Associate of Arts

Associate of Applied Science

The Early Childhood Education program is designed to provide students an understanding of the cognitive, physical, social and emotional development of young children from infancy to middle childhood in diverse learning environments. Opportunities to apply this knowledge in practical experiences are incorporated into the curriculum. Curriculum topics include, but are not limited to, developmental ages and stages, health and safety, curriculum planning and assessment.
These courses are designed to combine theoretical and lab experiences for students to acquire skills and techniques required of early childhood care providers as well as to develop career opportunity skills. Students seeking courses to assist in their completion of the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential should consult with an early childhood adviser. Completion of the following program, in addition to the General Education core courses, leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree. A minimum of 64 credit hours is required for the degree.

Associate of Arts

This option is designed for the student anticipating a career working with young children. Students are urged to obtain information regarding the requirements and recommendations of the institution to which they plan to transfer and the assistance of an LCCC education adviser.

Completion of the following program, in addition to the General Education Core courses, leads to an Associate of Arts degree. A minimum of 64 credit hours is required for the degree.

About the Job

  • With the increasing number of households in which both parents work full time, this industry has been one of the fastest growing in the U.S. economy.
  • Employment of preschool teachers is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected due to a continued focus on the importance of early childhood education and the growing population of children ages 3 to 5.
  • Employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is expected to grow by 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected because of both declines in student–teacher ratios and increases in enrollment. However, employment growth will vary by region. 

Stats from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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