Program: Early Childhood Education (636)
Award: Associate of Applied Science

Program Purpose:

This program prepares students to care for, supervise, and educate young children from birth to eight years.  This degree is a pathway to a Baccalaureate degree with the option of teacher licensure with a PreK-3 endorsement.  Individuals already working in the field may up-grade their skills and qualify for advancement.

What will I learn?

Students successfully completing this program will be able to…

  • Recognize the stages of early childhood development.
  • Build self-esteem in children and help them develop self-control.
  • Apply techniques and methods for educating in math, science, and social studies.
  • Utilize the arts and other creative activities for young children.
  • Plan and implement programs in group care with emphasis on health and safety policies, record-keeping, and reporting to parents.
  • Integrate movement and music into curriculum.
  • Plan activities to stimulate logical thinking.

How long will I need to be in college?

A college-ready student attending Camp full-time can complete this associate degree in two years.

What job or career can I get with this degree?

Upon completion of the program, graduates will possess the knowledge and skills required for various careers such as: 

  • Childcare/Preschool/After-School Director
  • Childcare/Preschool/After-School Manager
  • Childcare/Preschool/After-School Teacher
  • Early Head Start/Head Start Teacher
  • Teacher’s Assistant
  • Substitute Teacher

What is the job outlook for graduates from this program?

As of the first quarter of 2020, total employment in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region was as follows:

  • Preschool Teacher was 2,321.Over the last three years, this field added 35 jobs in the region (Source:Jobs EQ Occupation Report Preschool Teachers, August 2020).
  • Childcare Workers was 4,844.Over the last three years, this field sheded 18 jobs in the region (Source:Jobs EQ Occupation Report Childcare Workers, August 2020).
  • Teacher Assistants was 6,723.Over the last three years, this field added 70 jobs in the region (Source:Jobs EQ Occupation Report Childcare Workers, August 2020).

How much can I earn with this degree?

Below are the 2019 wages for careers, within the Hampton Roads Workforce Region, that are related to this field.


Entry Level



Preschool Teachers




Childcare Worker




Teacher Assistant




(Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Wages, August 2020)

Want to know more?  Check out the program map and program requirements in the College Catalog.