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Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Program’s mission is to prepare individuals in providing quality care and education with children from infancy through middle childhood in diverse learning environments. Graduates will be prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate practices in a variety of child care settings. It is our mission to provide early childhood students with support to build community relationships that impact the lives of young children and families.

  1.  Program Content    
  2.  Emphasis  
  3.  Employment Outlook    
  4.  Program Information     

The Early Childhood curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from infancy through middle childhood in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.

Graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in early childhood settings. Employment opportunities include
child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start Programs, and school age programs.

CCC&TI offers several different educational programs in this area:

Emphasis is placed on :

  • child growth and development
  • physical/nutritional needs of children
  • care and guidance of children
  • communication skills with parents and children

For more information about course descriptions or required courses, refer to the current CCC&TI Course Catalog and its corresponding Addendum. Courses in the Early Childhood program are taught during the day and evening, and some courses are available through Distance Learning.

Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of childcare workers is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Parents will continue to need assistance during working hours to care for their children. Because the number of children requiring childcare is expected to grow, demand for childcare workers is expected to grow as well.

In the past decade, early childhood education has become widely recognized as important for children’s development. Childcare workers often work alongside preschool teachers as assistants. This continued focus on the importance of early childhood education, in addition to increases in the number of children in this age group, will spur demand for preschool programs and thus for childcare workers as well.

Gainful Employment Program Information

There are no additional costs for this program outside of tuition, fees, books, and supplies.