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Early Childhood Education (A.A.) +

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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 the five areas of professional competency in Vermont: child development, family and community, teaching and learning, health and safety, professionalism and program organization.

+ 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 special needs or different learning styles;
  • 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 a working knowledge of leadership, administrative, and sound business practices in the childcare industry;
  • demonstrate academic skills required of all CCV graduates, including competency in writing, information literacy, oral communication, and quantitative reasoning; and
  • explore pathways 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 from VT Northern Lights Career Development Center.

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

  • The ECE associate degree integrates with the requirements for Vermont’s Early Childhood Career Ladder –Level IIIB. Coursework in the degree also supports the Program Director for Early Childhood and Afterschool Programs Credential and the Vermont Child Care Apprenticeship program. Students working in regulated childcare may be eligible for a Recognition Bonus from the Child Development Division upon completion of each of these credentials or successful completion of college credits. Early Childhood Career Ladder FAQ
  • The Childcare  certificate is designed to fit inside the ECE degree, providing a stepping-stone to greater training and compensation. The Childcare certificate aligns with the Vermont’s Early Childhood Career Ladder - Level IIIA.
  •   gives students practical experience in the workplace and can be a connection to employment in the early childhood education field.
  • Students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in early childhood or elementary education are encouraged to identify transfer options early to optimize course choices.

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:

Projected Growth
(10 Yrs)
Childcare Worker $21,000 5%
Paraprofessional or Teaching Assistant $24,400 8%
Preschool Teacher $29,000 9%
Elementary School Teacher (bachelor’s) $51,000 8%


Source: Vermont Department of Labor,


Transfer Options:

For more information about special transfer agreements between CCV and other colleges, visit our transfer page.

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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.

Core Competencies

Complete at least one course in each of the following:

Areas of Inquiry

Complete at least one course in each of the following:

Integrative Approaches

Complete at least one course in the following:

Complete the following:


Electives: 9 credits


* 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.

** Choose courses based on five areas of professional competency for early childhood educators in Vermont including: Child Development, Family & Community, Teaching & Learning, Health & Safety, and Professionalism & Program Organization.

Early Childhood Career Ladder FAQ

Minimum Total Credits in Degree: 60

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