Early Childhood Education @NCC

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Early Childhood Education Associate Degree Programs

Northampton Community College's Early Childhood Education degrees and certificates help students understand and positively influence children's learning and development. Teaching young children is a rewarding and inspiring career. Our highly-qualified faculty prepares students to be effective teachers for children aged infant to nine years. Graduates may transfer seamlessly to four-year institutions or immediately enter the early care and education profession. Early Childhood Education students graduate with a strong foundation in child development, inclusionary practices, and arts-inspired learning.

The Early Childhood Education: Infant to Grade Four Associate Degree and eCDA are 100% online. All online courses are facilitated by an instructor and include opportunities for student interaction and participation.  Bright Horizon employees can take advantage of our new partnership program to have the degree costs covered. Northampton offers six different program options in Early Childhood Education.

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Early Childhood Curriculum

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. You will gain hands-on experience in public school and young children's classrooms in your very first education course and later through an internship opportunity. Courses offered in these programs include Infant-Toddler Development and Learning, Observation & Assessment in Early Childhood, and Child, Family and, Community.

NCC's Early Childhood AAS Program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children ( NAEYC). 

NAEYC Annual Outcomes Measurements from NCC's 2019-20 AAS Annual Report (PDF)

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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
  • This program can be taken 100% online
  • This entire program can be completed at our Monroe Campus
  • This entire program can be completed at our Bethlehem Campus

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Careers in Early Childhood Education

Recognized as a leader in the field for many years, NCC's accredited associate degree program focuses on a proven curriculum and ongoing field-work, allowing students to gain exposure and get excited about their future from the start. 

Whether you plan to enter the workforce immediately after graduation or transfer to a four-year school, 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. Graduates from the program often work as:

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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"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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