Early Childhood Education

Program Description

The Early Childhood Education program prepares students for employment or continued advanced coursework in childcare and other early education areas. Students receive instruction in the operation of a licensed preschool center located on the Tri-County campus for children 18 months through five years of age. This program also provides students the opportunities to evaluate their interest in teaching and other human service careers requiring a high level of personal interaction. Besides on-campus experience, students have the opportunity to intern or be early-placed at an off-campus institution. Real-life experiences and quality training remain the keys to our students’ successes.  Students have opportunity to belong and participate in FCCLA student organization.

Areas of Study:

  • Communication skills
  • Child development
  • Planning and record keeping
  • Maintaining a safe, healthful and educational environment
  • Preschool classroom management Interaction skills at appropriate level
  • Nutrition
  • Cooperative efforts with social service agencies
  • Laws required for childcare center operations
  • Childcare and guidance strategies
  • Computer operations
  • Leadership development

Professional Certification Opportunities:

  • Child abuse and neglect
  • First aid
  • CPR

Further Educational Opportunities:

  • Associate’s degree in early childhood education
  • Bachelor’s and master’s degree in early childhood education
  • Teaching certification or license