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.

For more information regarding credentialing and accreditation please see the Accreditation page.

This program may provide prior learning credit and extended learning opportunities for persons previously or currently employed in related professions.

For more information see the Credit for Prior Learning page.

Available Degrees and Certificates with Curriculum Maps

Associate of Applied Science

One Year Certificate

Less-Than-One-Year Certificate


What are the program admissions requirements?

All education students must successfully pass a criminal background check. 

I want to work with kids, what are my options?

KCC's Education program includes two different paths: Early Childhood Educator
(child care and pre-K) and Paraeducator (K-6). If you are interested in social work, a Psychology degree would be a better fit.

What jobs can you get with the Early Childhood Educator AAS degree?

Child care provider, preschool teaching assistant, preschool teacher,paraprofessional. This degree also directly leads to the fully online Early Childhood Development Bachelor's degree with Southern Oregon University.

Careers in Early Childhood Education

Median Annual Salary

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2021-2030 Employment Projection

5% Growth

Entry Level Educational Requirements:

High School Diploma

Contact Education

Kelley Fritz
Early Childhood Education program lead