Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

The challenge of teaching young children seems so worthwhile when you see that knowing smile or you receive that grateful hug. JCCC offers an associate of science degree as well as a one-year certificate program in early childhood education.


Earning your associate’s degree could help you become a center director, a lead teacher in a preschool setting or child care classroom, a home child care provider or an employee of an agency that advocates for young children. 

While an associate's degree in early childhood education is not required to become a preschool teacher or child care worker, many centers are requiring some education in early childhood education prior to employment.

The capstone or final courses of the degree include a student teaching and seminar course. You'll conduct your student teaching at both JCCC's Hiersteiner Child Development Center on campus and at local Head Start programs in Olathe.