Education - Early Childhood Education

Associate of Arts

The Early Childhood Education Associate of Arts degree at Laramie County Community College is designed to provide students with an understanding of the cognitive, physical, social and emotional development of young children from infancy to middle childhood in diverse learning environments. The program of study is designed to combine theoretical and lab experiences for students to acquire skills and techniques required of early childhood care providers, as well as to develop career opportunity skills.  This degree is offered online.

About the Job

Possible career options: Childcare Worker / Preschool Teacher / Teacher Assistant / Director of Childcare Center / Nanny

Program of Study

For information about the courses required for this degree, students can view the Program of Study information in the LCCC catalog.  

Education Program Competencies. These competencies are based on the InTASC Standards. 
1. Recognize how diverse learners develop in cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical capacities. 
2. Create developmentally appropriate instructional strategies through the creation of authentic, meaningful learning experiences. 
3. Identify formative and summative assessment applications to improve both student learning and teacher decision-making. 
4. Reflect on one’s professional commitment, leadership ability, collaborative role, and ethical responsibility in order to improve pedagogical practice. 

Child Development Associate (CDA) Option

LCCC provides the training component for the nationally recognized Child Development Associates (CDA). Students interested in pursuing this option will take two courses from LCCC for a total of seven college credits

For general information on the CDA, please refer to their website. For information on classes for the CDA or for information on other transfer options, please contact an LCCC advisor, Bess Hewitt at 307.778.1607, or faculty member, Scott Moncrief at 307.778.1172.

Earnings information: From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of preschool teachers is expected to grow by 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations due to a continued focus on the importance of early childhood education.

Cost of Attendance

For general college expense, students can view LCCC’s tuition and fees Web page. Students in this program typically incur additional expenses of $20 for a background check and $50 for a course fee for EDUC 2100.

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