Program: Early Childhood Education (636)
Award: Associate of Applied Science

Program Purpose:

This program prepares students to care for, supervise, and educate young children from birth to eight years.  This degree is a pathway to a Baccalaureate degree with the option of teacher licensure with a PreK-3 endorsement.  Individuals already working in the field may up-grade their skills and qualify for advancement.

What will I learn?

Students successfully completing this program will be able to…

  • Recognize the stages of early childhood development.
  • Build self-esteem in children and help them develop self-control.
  • Apply techniques and methods for educating in math, science, and social studies.
  • Utilize the arts and other creative activities for young children.
  • Plan and implement programs in group care with emphasis on health and safety policies, record-keeping, and reporting to parents.
  • Integrate movement and music into curriculum.
  • Plan activities to stimulate logical thinking.

How long will I need to be in college?

A college-ready student attending Camp full-time can complete this associate degree in two years.

What job or career can I get with this degree?

Upon completion of the program, graduates will possess the knowledge and skills required for various careers such as: 

  • Childcare/Preschool/After-School Director
  • Childcare/Preschool/After-School Manager
  • Childcare/Preschool/After-School Teacher
  • Early Head Start/Head Start Teacher
  • Teacher’s Assistant
  • Substitute Teacher

What is the job outlook for graduates from this program?

As of September 2019, total employment in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region was as follows:

  • Preschool Teacher was 2,343.Over the last three years, this field shed 27 jobs in the region (Source:Jobs EQ Occupation Report Preschool Teachers, December 2019).
  • Childcare Workers was 5,047.Over the last three years, this field added 156 jobs in the region (Source:Jobs EQ Occupation Report Childcare Workers, December 2019).
  • Teacher Assistants was 6,583.Over the last three years, this field shed 1 job in the region (Source:Jobs EQ Occupation Report Childcare Workers, December 2019).

How much can I earn with this degree?


Entry Level



Preschool Teachers




Childcare Worker




Teacher Assistant




(Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Wages, December 2019)

Want to know more?  Check out the program map and program requirements in the College Catalog.