Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education provides a hands-on learning experience for those students interested in careers in education and childcare. Students gain actual experience while working in local daycare centers, preschools, kindergartens and special needs classrooms. They have the opportunity to earn certifications by the conclusion of the program that enable them to work in licensed childcare centers and to become licensed family care providers. Students will be prepared to earn a Child Development Associate credential, which would enhance employability in fields related to early childhood education and care.

Skills Learned:

  • Safety and health issues
  • Nutrition
  • Child development
  • Quality child care practices
  • First aid
  • CPR
  • Child abuse awareness
  • Lesson planning


Potential Careers:

  • Day Care/Nursery School Teacher
  • Licensing Specialist
  • Infant/Toddler Aide or Teacher
  • Family Care Provider/Nanny
  • Referral Specialist
  • Special Education/ Elementary Teacher Assistant
  • Parent Educator
  • Children’s Library Aide
  • Day Care Director

With additional education:

  • Elementary Teacher
  • Parent Educator
  • Social Worker
  • Intervention Specialist

Certifications and Credentials:
CDA –  12 points