Early Childhood Education

Associate Degree

Early Childhood Education is a career option that has increased in demand. This expanding field is seeking potential students with keen observation skills, a talent for human insight, clear communication skills, and respect for children and families. Early Childhood Associate Degree graduates will meet the state educational requirements to be a Child Care Teacher in a licensed group early childhood center for children ages 2 weeks to 10 years old.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply child development theory to practice.
  • Culitvate relationships with children, family, and the community.
  • Assess child growth and development.
  • Use best practices in teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate professionalism.
  • Integrate health, safety, and nutrition practices.

Graduates Have Found Employment As

  • Nannies
  • Nursery Schools
  • Day Care Centers
  • Head Start Classrooms
  • Infant Toddler Center
  • Before & After School Child Care Centers
  • Instructional Services Aide in public schools
  • Early Childhood Centers Administration positions

View the entire course listing.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
307-148 ECE: Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
307-151 ECE: Infant & Toddler Development 3
307-167 ECE: Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
307-195 ECE: Family and Community Relationships 3
Written Communication
or English Composition 1
Semester 2
307-178 ECE: Art Music & Language Arts 3
307-179 ECE: Child Development 3
307-187 ECE: Children with Differing Abilities 3
307-188 ECE: Guiding Children's Behavior 3
801-198 Speech 3
Semester 3
307-174 ECE: Practicum 1 3
307-192 ECE: Practicum 2 3
307-194 ECE: Math, Science, & Social Studies 3
College Mathematics
or Principles of Sustainability
or Intermediate Algebra with Applications
809-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 3
Semester 4
307-197 ECE: Practicum 3 3
307-198 ECE: Administering an ECE Program 3
307-199 ECE: Practicum 4 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
307-166 ECE: Curriculum Planning 3
Summer after second year
ECE: Preschool Capstone
or Elective
 Total Credits63

General Education Courses Within Program

801-195Written Communication3
or 801-136 English Composition 1
804-107College Mathematics3
or 804-118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications
or 806-112 Principles of Sustainability
809-172Introduction to Diversity Studies3
809-198Introduction to Psychology3

Associate Degrees and Technical Diplomas are part of a larger model of BTC’s Career Pathways which link related academic programs in sequence.  Each program within a career pathway offers direct job preparation and a path to the next level of academic programming.  To view the connected program model, visit the Early Childhood Education Career Path (PDF).