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Early Childhood Education

Early childhood educators enjoy a rewarding career helping the youngest children grow, learn and gain new skills. They facilitate learning and experiences that advance the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of the children in their care.

Once You Complete the Program

After completing the program, graduates seek employment in private and public child care centers; in classroom settings such as pre-kindergarten, Head Start centers, kindergarten, early grades in elementary schools, and private nursery schools and preschools (with typically developing children and children with developmental delays and disabilities); in home settings working with students and their families in Early Head Start, family and group child care homes, and in private household child care.

Academic Plans/Guided Pathways for Early Childhood Education

For course descriptions, see the College Catalog.

Academic Plans/Guided Pathways are recommended sequences of courses and prerequisites needed to complete your degree. It is a general suggestion for when to take your courses; it is not a course schedule. Students should meet with their advisors to make appropriate course selections. The Academic Plans/Guided Pathways listed below are for the current academic year. Students should consult with their advisors for plan requirements specific to their academic year.

Early Childhood Education A.S.

Gain management and technical skills in many high-demand career fields, with the option to continue toward a Bachelor’s Degree at IRSC.

Technical (College Credit) Certificates

Earn valuable Technical (College Credit) Certificates at the same time you’re completing an A.S. Degree—get double the value and additional credentials by completing these blocks of courses.

Career Training

Students enrolled in Career Training programs build increasingly sophisticated skills in 150-hour modules.

Career Coach Employment Outlook

Wage and employment data for the example careers that follow is provided by Career Coach (powered by EMSI). EMSI uses data, reports and forecasts that are generated using government data sources and proprietary analytical processes.Educational requirements vary by career.
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