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Early Childhood Education (A.A.) +

About the Degree
Career Information
General Education Requirements 
Program Requirements  

In the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program, you will develop knowledge, skills, and experience to help you work effectively with young children (aged birth to eight) and families. These skills are based on industry standards and professional competencies in child development, family and community, teaching and learning, health and safety, professionalism, and program organization. Elective credits in the program provide flexibility to delve more deeply in to topics to support your career goals. For example, students may use elective credits to incorporate courses required for CCV’s Afterschool & Youth Work or Early Childhood Education Administrator certificates.

Early Childhood Education Semester Map

Students in the Early Childhood Education degree program may choose to pursue one or more of the following certificates while obtaining their degree:

 +This program can be completed fully online.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Early Childhood Education program will be able to:

  • practice and model effective communication, observation strategies, and partnerships with children and their families;
  • apply developmentally appropriate and professionally accepted practices used in childcare or school settings which promote inclusion of children with diverse abilities;
  • employ strategies to maintain a safe, healthy, and nurturing learning environment in childcare and school settings;
  • exhibit professional conduct in an early childhood education or school setting including legal and ethical responsibilities, roles, and boundaries;
  • demonstrate academic skills required of all CCV graduates, including competency in writing, information literacy, oral communication, and quantitative reasoning; and
  • explore pathways and demonstrate preparedness for educational and career development in the student’s field of study.

The Early Childhood Education program is great for you if:

  • you currently work or have experience working with children;
  • you are interested in the development of children;
  • you enjoy interpersonal communication and working with a wide variety of people;
  • you care about making a difference for children and families in your community;
  • you want to gain theoretical background and practical experience in the field of education and early education; and
  • you are willing to maintain state childcare licensing requirements, pursue continuing education classes, or earn industry recognized certificates. 

Key information and advice for students in the Early Childhood Education program:

The Early Childhood Education program prepares you for careers such as:

  • Registered Home Childcare Provider
  • Associate Teacher in licensed childcare program
  • Paraprofessional or Teaching Assistant
  • Staff in afterschool program
  • Head Start Home Visitor or Teacher (bachelor degree may be required)
  • Elementary School Teacher (bachelor degree required)

Job outlook in Early Childhood Education in the state of Vermont:

For up-to-date Vermont labor market information, including salary information and growth projections, please visit the Economic and Labor Market Information at the Vermont Department of Labor Website:

Transfer Options:

CCV programs are designed to make transfer to a bachelor’s degree program seamless, easy, and affordable for graduates. CCV has agreements and 2+2 transfer pathways within the Vermont State College System (VSCS) and other institutions in Vermont and the region. Early planning can help you follow a clear transfer path.

Visit our transfer page for additional information.

Electives: 9 credits

General Education Requirements

All associate degrees include completion of general education requirements which, together with program requirements, constitute a minimum of 60 credits. In some cases program requirements also fulfill general education requirements. You may not use a single course to meet two general education requirements.

See the General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees  for requirements and course choices.

Complete at least one course in each of the following:

First Semester Seminar

Introductory Written Expression - VSCS

Digital and Computing Literacy - VSCS

Mathematics - VSCS

Natural Science - VSCS

Social Science - VSCS

Arts & Aesthetics - VSCS

Humanistic Perspectives - VSCS


Research & Writing Intensive

Seminar in Educational Inquiry

VSCS- These courses meet Vermont State College System General Education Framework.


* You may use a course to meet both a program requirement and a general education requirement; however, you may not use a single course to meet two general education requirements.

Minimum Total Credits in Degree: 60