AAS Early Childhood Development Degree

Program Outcomes

Who Should Study:

  • This AAS Early Childhood Development training program prepares students to work in entry level positions in child care centers, Head Start programs, and private pre-schools or in other positions dealing with young children. This is accomplished through a combination of general education and behavioral science courses and practicum experiences applying classroom knowledge in the field.
  • Completion of this degree will give students the education needed to open private child care centers, to become a director, teacher and assistant teacher, or to transfer to a partner university with whom NCMC has completed an articulation agreement.
  • The AAS Early Childhood Development degree is designed to include coursework for the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA), giving students a variety of opportunities in the Early Child Development program. This degree is a non-certification degree.
  • Individuals seeking to complete the Child Development Credential (CDA) have the opportunity to complete this portion of the program only.
  • The Early Childhood Development program is offered at both the Trenton and North Belt Center locations. The program is also offered completely online.


It is the mission of the Early Childhood Development Program to prepare candidates for positions in early learning settings that do not currently require licensure. These skills meet the current program licensing for Associate Degree Programs by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Candidates will be prepared to provide safe, healthy, learning environments; grounded in child development and learning; family and community relationships; observing, documenting and assessing young children; developing effective approaches in teaching young children; developing meaningful curriculum; becoming a professional; and skills to assist in employability. Students will obtain skills to become life-long learners.


Standard 1 Promoting Child Development and Learning
Standard 2 Building Family and Community Relationships
Standard 3 Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families
Standard 4 Using Developmentally Effective Approaches to Connect with Children and Families
Standard 5 Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum
Standard 6 Becoming a Professional

What can I do with this Major?

What can I do with this Major?

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NCMC Contact Information


Noel Staddie

Early Childhood Development Program Instructor
(660) 359-3948 ext. 1331