May 30, 2023  
2022 Catalog 
2022 Catalog

Early Childhood Education Career A.S.#

This program has been designed to meet the ongoing career and educational goals of students who want to enter the field of Early Childhood Education upon graduation, or are already employed in an early care situation and desire to improve their knowledge and competency in working with young children. Candidates in the Early Childhood Education curricula must complete the ECE academic courses with a minimum grade of C.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements***, graduates will be able to:

  1. Recognize and identify current and historical theoretical Early Childhood approaches;
  2. Recognize quality Early Childhood Education programs;
  3. Apply child development theory to practice;
  4. Design developmentally appropriate curriculum;
  5. Be a reflective practitioner;
  6. Become early childhood advocates;
  7. Value and translate theory into practice utilizing the Preschool Curriculum Framework (PCF), NAEYC Accreditation Standards, and the NAEYC code of Ethical and Professional Conduct; and
  8. Be a collaborative community partner.

Requirements (61-62 Credits)

Recommended Sequence of Study


* For ECE 295 Student Teaching Practicum*  you must have completed:

** Students may consider taking these courses during summer session.

# Please see Catalog Home   for important information regarding this program and Fall 2023 opening of Connecticut State Community College.

*** No license is required to teach in a preschool setting.  In an accredited or state funded classroom:
         For an assistant or aide, the minimum requirement is a CDA.
         For a head teacher, the minimum requirement is an associate’s degree.
      To teach in a public preschool you will need to complete your BA and become certified through the CT Department of Education.

      After completion of this program, you can apply to the OEC to obtain your ECTC A.