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
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