Early Childhood Education

The Education program is offered to those seeking employment in a variety of educational occupations.

The Education program prepares students to become employable or maintain current employment in public or private education. Providing avenues to careers in early childhood development, child care and elementary education as well as transfer to advanced degrees, the program partners with high schools, colleges and universities to ensure a smooth progression to licensure.

Available Degrees and Certificates with Curriculum Maps

Associate of Applied Science

One Year Certificate

  • Early Childhood Educator Certificate (catalog)

Less-Than-One-Year Certificate

  • Early Childhood Education Career Pathway Certificate (catalog)
  • Early Childhood Education Career Pathway Certificate (Spanish) (catalog)


What does a paraeducator do?

According to the National Education Association, a paraeducator is "a school employee who works alongside and under the supervision of a licensed or certificated educator to support and assist in providing instructional and other services to children, youth, and their families."

What is required to teach in Oregon?

The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission sets requirements for teaching. If you are pursuing an initial teaching license you will need a bachelor's degree. Additionally, you will need to complete a commission-approved teacher preparation program, pass a subject matter test for your teaching content area(s), pass the required Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment exam, and pass a criminal background clearance.

What do I do after completing the program at KCC?

If you choose to continue your education, Klamath Community College has articulation agreements with Southern Oregon University and Oregon Institute of Technology. These agreements allow you to transfer the classes you have taken to a university with no loss of credit. This means you will enter university at a junior level. 
A unique partnership between KCC and SOU enables students to complete a high quality teacher preparation program while remaining within their local community. Program coursework is divided between face-to-face classes within the local community, one Saturday a month at SOU, and online, with all field experiences completed in local schools.

Careers in Early Childhood Education

Median Annual Salary

  • United States:
  • Oregon State:
  • Klamath Region:


2021-2030 Employment Projection

5% Growth

Entry Level Educational Requirements:

High School Diploma

Contact Education

Kelley Fritz
Early Childhood Education program lead