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Early Childhood Education

Discover the rewards of Early Childhood Education

Pursue an associate degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) to affect the lives of children when they’re first making sense of the world. You aren’t just their teacher – you are their leader, protector, playmate and role model.


Making a difference

As an early childhood educator, it’s up to you to create an atmosphere for discovery and intentional learning. With the knowledge you gain from your degree at JCCC, you can help children in so many ways, including:

  • Care center director
  • Lead teacher in a preschool setting or childcare classroom
  • Home childcare provider
  • Child advocate

Get your degree

Competent professionals are needed to care for and educate young children, birth though age 8. Parents want to know you will provide a safe, nurturing and educational environment, and an Associate of Science degree can help build that trust. By following an emphasis in early childhood education, you earn a degree that is also an excellent credential for potential employers.

Choose to enter the workforce, or continue your education to receive your bachelor’s degree. You then may explore professions such as kindergarten teacher, care center director or child psychologist.

Experiential learning at HCDC

JCCC’s Early Childhood Education program stresses hands-on, experiential learning. Thanks to a partnership with the Hiersteiner Child Development Center (HCDC), learning doesn’t just happen in books. HCDC is our nationally accredited, licensed child care facility for the children of JCCC students, faculty and staff, in addition to community for children ages 1-6. Early Childhood Education students observe, plan and interact, working with classroom teachers to learn by doing.

When the HCDC was enlarged in 2004, a classroom was added to strengthen the ties between the ECE program and the Center’s children. Students who have classes in the HCDC enter via their own door, separate and secure from the youngsters, but close enough for a faculty-led “field trip” across the hall. Students in EDUC 130: Foundations of Early Childhood Education may contract with HCDC to do observations. In addition, two courses in our program, EDUC 260: Observing & Interacting with Young Children and EDUC 285: Student Teaching, use HCDC as our lab school along with placements at Olathe Head Start.

Job Prospects

The U.S. Department of Labor compiles statistics on the careers involving K-12 education. You'll find salary information and job prospects.