Program Description: The Early Childhood Care and Education program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for careers in child care and related fields. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of early childhood care and education theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive either a Early Childhood Care and Education diploma and have the qualification of an early childhood care and education provider or an Early Childhood Care and Education Associate of Applied Science Degree with a Paraprofessional Specialization. High school graduation or GED is required for admission to this program.
Employment Opportunities: The field of Early Childhood Care and Education is diverse and offers numerous career opportunities. Graduates of this program may find employment in the following settings: child care, Head Start, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, public and private primary schools, school age child care, programs for individuals with special needs, public school paraprofessionals as defined by No Child Left Behind Act, child care resource and referral agencies, and early intervention programs.