Program Overview

The Early Childhood Education Associate of Arts degree is looking for patient individuals who want to pursue a career with children. This program is designed to prepare students to seek employment in preschools, Head Start, childcare centers, family home care and more. Students in this program have the opportunity to continue their education at a four-year college once they finish their associate's degree.  

Through completion of this program, students should be able to create appropriate playtime activities, teach about sharing and basic skills, read stories and prepare and serve snacks. This program also provides hands-on experiences by allowing individuals to apply their skills in a real childcare setting and practice communicating with parents about their child’s behavior and activity.

Northeast Community College has an active student organization that provides individuals with opportunities to get involved in the community by helping with childcare services at special events. This degree is offered completely online through a collaborative program with other Nebraska community colleges. The online format allows currently working professionals the ability to earn a degree in their free time. Students who are currently employed in a childcare setting may apply for scholarships from Northeast Community College.

Eligible students will need to have proof of a criminal background check prior to enrolling in practicum courses. Completion of at least 60 credit hours is required for graduation. Students will accumulate credits from general education, elective and core education courses. Courses can include expressive arts, infant and toddler development, children with exceptionalities and early childhood administration.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Northeast Community College was initially founded in 1973 by the Nebraska state legislature. Today, the public two-year Northeast Community College focuses on the development of vocational and technical skills, in addition to providing liberal arts and transfer degrees and continuing education coursework. Northeast Community College’s mission is to provide “comprehensive, lifelong, learning-centered educational opportunities and services to meet the diverse needs of our public.”

    Northeast Community College awards associate's degrees and select certificates.


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