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Early Childhood Education, A.S.

The Early Childhood Education associate's degree program is for those students who currently are employed or aspire to work in early childhood care and education programs. Completion of JCCC's associate of science degree program provides students the credentials to advance in quality early childhood care and education settings. The program has four areas of specialization: administration, care and education of young children with special needs, infant/toddler care and education and school age programs. Credits will transfer to many Kansas universities. Excellent practical education opportunities are available to students in the program.

This program requires a professional liability insurance fee. Students will be notified via their JCCC student e-mail account if they are required to pay a $16 fee. The dollar amount for fees is subject to change.


Students must meet the requirements for employment in early childhood care and education centers in Kansas (stated in the Kansas Licensing Regulations for Preschools and Child Care Centers).

Associate of Science Degree

Important: Students graduating with an Early Childhood Education degree must complete an approved cultural diversity course. Some of the approved courses are able to meet both the cultural diversity requirement and a general education requirement.

Cultural Diversity Course Requirement at JCCC

(Major Code 2100; State CIP Code 19.0708)

First Semester

EDUC 130Foundations of Early Childhood Education*3
ENGL 121Composition I*3
PSYC 130Introduction to Psychology3
SPD 121Public Speaking3
Math Elective ^3
NOTE: The mathematics requirement will be satisfied by any mathematics course except MATH 111, Fundamentals of Mathematics, and MATH 115, Elementary Algebra.
Specific recommended course: MATH 171 College Algebra
Total Hours15

Math Elective

Second Semester

EDUC 131Early Childhood Curriculum I*3
EDUC 250Child Health, Safety and Nutrition*3
PSYC 215Child Development*3
or PSYC 218 Human Development*
Health/Physical Education ^1-2
Recommended HPER course if not certified in CPR: HPER 200 First Aid and CPR
Science course with Lab ^^4-5
See recommended courses for the science requirement below.
Total Hours14-16

Health/Physical Education


Science course with Lab

Summer Semester

ENGL 122Composition II*3
Humanities Elective ^3
Total Hours6

Humanities Elective

Third Semester

EDUC 231Early Childhood Curriculum II*3
EDUC 210Creative Experiences for Young Children*3
EDUC 260Observing and Interacting with Young Children*3
ANTH 130World Cultures3
or ANTH 125 Cultural Anthropology
or SOC 131 Sociology of Families
NOTE: ANTH 130 and ANTH 125 meets Cultural Diversity requirement
Science or Math ^4-5
Total Hours16-17

Science or Math

Fourth Semester

Specialization courses (see below)6
EDUC 235Parenting*2
EDUC 284Seminar: Early Childhood Education*3
EDUC 285Student Teaching: Early Childhood Education*3
Humanities Elective ^3
Total Hours17

Humanities Elective

Area of Specialization Select one:

Child Care Administration

ACCT 121Accounting I3
EDUC 280Administration of Early Childhood Program*3

Children with Special Needs

EDUC 220Survey of the Exceptional Child*3
EDUC 215Young Children with Special Needs*3

Infant and Toddler Care and Education

EDUC 270Early Childhood Development*3
EDUC 225Infant and Toddler Education and Care*3

School-Age Programs

EDUC 240School-Age Programs and Curriculum I*3
EDUC 245School-Age Programs and Curriculum II*3

Recommended Courses for the Science Requirement

Life Science
BIOL 121Introductory Biology for Non-Majors4
BIOL 130Environmental Science3
BIOL 131Environmental Science Lab*1
Physical Science
ASTR 122Astronomy4
GEOS 130General Geology5
GEOS 140Physical Geography3
GEOS 141Physical Geography Lab*2
PSCI 120Physical Science4

Total Program Hours: 69-70