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Metropolitan Community College Early Childhood Education Program

Early Childhood Education & Development Curriculum

MCC Campus(s): 
MCC-Penn Valley

Program Coordinator:
Meghan Nichols 816.604.4029

IMPORTANT: Degree and certificate requirements may change! Please consult an academic advisor before enrolling.

This program, which leads to either an Associate in Applied Science degree or a certificate, prepares students for jobs in child care. Requirements for the degree and certificate are listed below.

Admission to the Program:

To be admitted to the program, students must complete the following application process:

  1. Complete the MCC-Penn Valley admissions process.
  2. Complete a background check 
  3. Attend the New Student Orientation

 A.A.S. Early Childhood Education and Development

A.A.S. Early Childhood Education and Development (PDF)

COLL 100 First Year Seminar 1
General Education Requirements
COMM 100
COMM 102
Fundamentals of Speech or
Fundamentals of Human Communication
ENGL 101 Composition & Reading I 3
HIST 120
HIST 121
POLS 136
United States History to 1865 or
United States History Since 1865 or
Intro to U. S.  National Politics
General Education Electives: 
Any course(s) numbered 100 or above from the following disciplines: ART, ANTH, COMM, ECON, ENGL, Foreign Language, GEOG (except 104, 110 and GIS Courses), HIST, HUMN, MUSI, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, SIGN, SOSC, SOCI, THEA
General Education Electives:
Any course(s) numbered 100 or above from the following disciplines: BIOL, CHEM, GEOG (104 & 110), GEOL, MATH, PHYS
Specific Program Requirements
ECED 101 Fundamentals of Early Care and Education 3
ECED 110 Child Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
ECED 113 Child Growth and Development I 3
ECED 115
ECED 121
ECED 220
Teaching Infants and Toddlers or
Issues, Advocacy, and  Trends or
Child Care Management
ECED 128 Curriculum in Early Childhood Education 3
ECED 132 Learning Environments 3
ECED 149 Observation & Assessment 3
ECED 201 Language Development 3
ECED 213 Child Growth & Development II 3
ECED 217 Literature for Young Children 3
ECED 236 Child Guidance 3
ECED 255 Capstone Practicum Experience 3
ECED 260 Education of the Exceptional Child 3
ECED 262 Families, Early Care, and Communities 3
ECED 270 Portfolio Design 2
Total Credit Hours Required 60-64
Last Modified: 1/8/20