Advice for Students Seeking Careers in Early Childhood Education

If you're planning to work in the field of early childhood education, you'll first need to know that the term licensure, or when a facility is referred to as being a licensed facility, means that the center meets the requirements of the state health department.

Someone who is a licensed teacher or a licensed professional teacher has met requirements from the state department of K-12 education. The terms certified teacher and teaching certificate haven't been used since 2003.

In Kansas, an early childhood education (ECE) center is licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment based on space, the number of children attending, the educational levels of the employees and other factors.

Employees may have a high school diploma, a CDA credential, a college vocational certificate, or a college associate's or university bachelor's degree.

Early childhood developmentally includes children from birth to 8 years. The JCCC Early Childhood Education AS degree is well recognized as one of the best regionally. It's great for early childhood center lead teachers and administrators.

The degree transfers to two area universities for child development bachelors degrees, and many of the early childhood education courses transfer to Kansas State University's Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education degree.

The JCCC Early Childhood Education AS degree does not transfer in its entirety to any elementary education degree, and it does not lead to licensure in Kansas.

Refer to the JCCC catalog for specific information about the Early Childhood Education AS degree and the Early Childhood Education certificate.

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