Early Childhood Education


Students completing this program will earn the Associate of Applied Science degree and will be prepared to work at Head Start or other preschool settings as a teacher, paraprofessional, or child care worker.  Students intending to continue for a Bachelor’s degree should carefully check with their advisor regarding the requirements of their planned transfer college.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Early Childhood Education program, students will be able to:

  1. Provide developmentally appropriate learning environments.
  2. Demonstrate culturally sensitive relationship-building techniques for engaging diverse families in their children’s learning.
  3. Use child assessment information to design programs/practices for young children.
  4. Use developmentally appropriate approaches for teaching and learning.
  5. Apply competencies of an early child professional.

Child Development Associate (CDA) Preparation

The Child Development Associate (CDA) is a credential awarded by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition headquartered in Washington, DC.  The CDA recognizes skills of early care givers and education professionals.  It is designed for individuals who have work experience in early child care settings.  The CDA represents a national effort to credential qualified caregivers who work with children ages birth to five.

The CDA is different from the associate degree conferred by KBOCC. KBOCC provides classes for academic credit that may be applied toward the completion of CDA education requirements.  The credits earned  may be applied toward the A.A.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education.  All interested students need to meet with the Early Childhood Education Department Chair prior to registering for classes.

Program Requirements
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