The Early Childhood Education associate of science 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. Credits may transfer to many Kansas universities. Excellent practical education opportunities are available to students in the program.

(Major Code 2100; CIP Code 24.0101)

Early Childhood Education Program web page

Associate of Science Degree

Important: Students graduating with an associate of science 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. A list of approved cultural diversity courses can be found in the list of AS general education electives.

Program Requirement 

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).

First Semester

COMS 121Public Speaking3
or COMS 120 Interpersonal Communication
Note: COMS 121 is recommended
EDUC 130Foundations of Early Childhood Education*3
EDUC 131Early Childhood Curriculum I*3
ENGL 121Composition I*3
PSYC 130Introduction to Psychology3
Total Hours15

Second Semester

EDUC 231Early Childhood Curriculum II*3
EDUC 250Child Health, Safety and Nutrition*3
ENGL 122Composition II*3
PSYC 215Child Development*3
Science course with Lab^4
Note: EVRN 130 and EVRN 131 are recommended
Total Hours16

Third Semester

EDUC 210Creative Experiences for Young Children*3
EDUC 260Observing and Interacting with Young Children*3
MATH 171College Algebra*3
Humanities Elective^3
Note: ARTH 180, ARTH 184, ARTH 188, or FL 230 are recommended
ARTH 180 meets Cultural Diversity
Science or Math Electives^5
Note: GEOS 130 is recommended
Total Hours17

Fourth Semester

EDUC 220Survey of the Exceptional Child*3
EDUC 234Families in Society*3
EDUC 285Student Teaching: Early Childhood Education*3
Humanities Elective ^3
Note: FL 231 or MUS 121 are recommended
Social Science/Economics Elective^3
Note: ANTH 125 or ANTH 130 or SOC 125 are recommended
ANTH 125 and ANTH 130 meets Cultural Diversity requirement
Total Hours15
Total Program Hours: 63 

This course has registration requirements.


See all AS general education electives