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In addition to being a teacher, you will be a leader, protector, playmate, and role model. As an early childhood educator, it is up to you to create an atmosphere that promotes discovery and intentional learning. At Johnson County Community College, our Early Childhood Education program will prepare you to nurture today’s young learners.

What Will I Learn in JCCC’s Early Childhood Education Program?

You will learn to be a competent professional who educates young children starting at just a few months old and up to age 8. Through observing, planning and interacting, you will help shape these young minds. Our Early Childhood Education program focuses on hands-on experiential learning.

Throughout our Early Childhood Education courses, you will learn:

  • Teaching concepts used in today’s elementary and secondary schools
  • The roles and responsibilities of teachers
  • General principles in child development
  • Curriculum design and classroom management
  • Principles of effective teaching techniques for exceptional children, including those with learning disabilities, behavior disorders or communication disorders
  • Child health, safety and nutrition guidelines

In our Associate of Science with Emphasis in Early Childhood Education degree program, you will take 63 credit hours of diverse courses. Upon completion of the required courses, you will earn an associate degree. You can then go on to pursue a bachelor’s degree or choose to join the workforce as an Early Childhood Education professional.

Why JCCC’s Early Childhood Education Program?

As a JCCC student, there will be many tools and resources to aid in your success. The following are several benefits of choosing JCCC’s Early Childhood Education program.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice model

At JCCC, our Early Childhood Education program grew from psychology and child development. We take a Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) approach to Early Childhood Education. The DAP model emphasizes families and other community agencies as important entities in a child’s early learning experiences. The course content of both classroom and lab experiences incorporates the DAP model.

The curriculum is viewed as a fluid process, and the course content is ever-changing as discoveries are made and society expands. A significant goal of the Early Childhood Education program is to provide meaningful learning experiences that meet the needs of individual children and families within the community.

Experienced Early Childhood Education instructors

In our Early Childhood Education program, your courses will be taught by experienced instructors with real-world experience. Each of our Early Childhood Education instructors has worked hands-on in Early Childhood Education while also studying child development and the most effective approaches to teaching.

Early Childhood Education Advisory Board

Many of our programs at JCCC have Advisory Boards that provide students with advice and guidance to be successful in their career field. Our Early Childhood Education Advisory Board is made up of a panel of education professionals as well as health and wellness experts. 

Transferable credits

Many of the credit hours that you earn at JCCC will be transferable to a four-year university. Therefore, if you decide to pursue your bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, you can make a seamless transition to the school of your choosing. Our Transfer Services office can help ensure you meet all the necessary requirements.

Hands-On learning at the HCDC

Thanks to our partnership with the Hiersteiner Child Development Center (HCDC), learning doesn’t just happen in books. HCDC is our nationally accredited, licensed facility for children of JCCC students, faculty and staff and the community. The facility provides education and care to young students, while also providing you with real-world experience.

Other tools and resources at JCCC

As a JCCC student, you will have access to various other tools and resources in addition to the ones unique to the Early Childhood Education program. You can take advantage of our Financial Aid OfficeCareer Development Center, and so much more!

We also have many different Clubs and Organizations that allow you to get involved in the JCCC community and meet fellow students.

With the knowledge and expertise you gain from your Early Childhood Education degree, you can enter the workforce to help children in so many ways, including:

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

You can also choose to continue your education by receiving your bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. You then may explore professions such as kindergarten teacher, care center director or child psychologist.

The U.S. Department of Labor compiles statistics on the careers involving K-12 education. Check out information about salary estimates and job prospects here:

Download the Early Childhood Education Program Outlook (PDF) for employment projections and salary information.


Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

At JCCC, we know that money is an important factor in pursuing an education. That is why we are working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.