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2021-22 Catalog 
2021-22 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education, A.S.*

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Program Design

The Early Childhood Education associate degree program is designed to prepare qualified students to become teachers of young children.  The Early Childhood Education program has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.


The Early Childhood Education program curriculum focuses on the developmental needs of young children from birth to five years of age, and emphasizes a practical approach to supporting and enhancing growth and development. Course work in theory and methods is enhanced by participation in the field experience segment of the program.

The program is available to the student full- or part-time.

Students who want to teach children in kindergarten, first, second or third grades should plan to transfer to the Early Childhood Education program at a baccalaureate institution after receiving this degree.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Early Childhood Education degree program requirements, graduates will

  1. Support young children in early childhood programs using skills in observation, documentation, assessment, and application.
  2. Plan, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate lesson/activity plans that foster children’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development and involve families.
  3. Demonstrate effective teaching strategies in an early childhood program, based upon child development theory and family involvement principles, which include setting up the learning environment, letting children practice skills and ideas, interacting positively with children, colleagues, and families, and modeling behavior we want children to emulate.
  4. Evaluate the quality of an early childhood program through curriculum activities, routines, and teacher and child engagement, the learning environment, teacher/child interaction, and family involvement.

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Core.

Total Minimum Credits Required: 60


Becoming Connecticut State Community College

STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. See below for more detail about this exciting transition!

Becoming Connecticut State Community College

A merger of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges is underway. Connecticut State Community College (CT State), a statewide college comprised of all Connecticut’s current community college locations, plans to open its doors in the Fall 2023. Here are some important facts students need to know:

  • the final commencement ceremony for Manchester Community College is scheduled for May 2023. Ceremonies will continue to be held at each location as campuses of CT State.
  • as a part of the planned merger, students continuing their studies beyond summer term 2023 will be matched with the CT State program that most closely aligns with their Spring 2023 major and is offered at the Manchester location,
  • students beginning Associate degree programs in Fall 2021 should plan with their advisor/program coordinator to attend full-time if they wish to graduate prior to the planned merger,
  • students who begin an Associate degree program in January 2022 would be anticipated to complete their degree at the merged college, Connecticut State Community College,
  • in all cases, the College is committed to students completing their education with a minimum of disruption and staying in touch with your advisor/program coordinator is essential,
  • further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page:  www.ct.edu/ctstate/academics.

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