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Early Childhood Education @NCC

Teaching young children is rewarding and inspiring!  Our highly qualified faculty prepares students to be effective teachers of children aged infant to nine years. Graduates may transfer seamlessly to four-year institutions or immediately enter the early care and education profession.  The program of study in Early Childhood Education provides a strong foundation in child development, inclusionary practices and arts-inspired learning.

Students studying on campus have access to children's classrooms in our lab schools.  Reibman Hall Children's Center and Hannig Family Children's Center serve as state-of-the-art early care and education programs specifically designed to enhance student learning and support direct observation and on-going field experiences. Students learn to develop curriculum that is emergent, standard-based and individualized to meet the unique needs of each child. Students gain experience in public school and young children's classrooms in the very first education course. 

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Your Career in Early Childhood Education

Recognized as a leader in the field for many years, NCC's accredited associate degree program focuses on hands-on experiences and ongoing field-work, allowing students to get excited about their future from the start. Whether you plan to enter the workforce immediately after graduation or transfer, you will be prepared with the knowledge and skills you need to make a difference.  The associate degree transfers smoothly into a baccalaureate level Pre-K to Grade 4 teacher certification program.  This program can be completed entirely online.

Early Childhood Education Career Paths

  • Preschool Teacher
  • Classroom Assistants
  • Family Child Care Provider
  • Group Supervisor
  • Program Director
  • Certified Teacher Pre-K to Grade 4
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Degrees We Offer

  • Associate in Applied Science | 2 years
  • Certificate | 1.5 years
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) SD| 2 semesters
  • Infant-Toddler Child Development Associate SD | 2 semesters
  • School-Age Child Care SD | 2 semesters
  • Leadership for Early Childhood Program Directors SD | 2 semesters

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"At NCC, I learned and grew with the early childhood education department, which helped me move into a preschool director position." - Deborah Ann Lamson ’96, NCC Early Childhood Education alum





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