Early Childhood Education

Program Manager:

Ellen Neff





Student Success Advisor Name:

Kristin Becker

Student Advisor Phone:


Student Advisor Email:


Program Overview:

The Early Childhood Program, through a combination of classroom time and hands-on practicum, is designed to develop the skills, competencies, and knowledge necessary to provide quality care and education for typical and atypical children from ages 0-8. This program also prepares individuals for assessment for the nationally recognized Child Development Associate credential. Employment opportunities include such areas as child care, preschool teaching, kindergarten and primary school teacher’s aide, and Head Start family educator. The Associate of Arts degree articulates into Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Education/Special Education programs at Idaho’s four-year universities for those students desiring to teach children in kindergarten through grade 3.

Gainful Employment:

Gainful Employment data for this program may be found on the department web page: https://www.csi.edu/ge/EarlyChildhood

Program Requirements for Admission:

  • Early Childhood Education Admissions application.
  • An interview with an Early childhood Education Program advisor.
  • Health questionnaire, proof of immunizations, and TB clearance.
  • Idaho Health and Welfare Criminal records background check..
  • Current CPR certification or HLTH 150.

Exit Requirements:

Upon completion of the ITC, AAS, and AA degree, students will be prepared to take the NOCTI exam before graduating.

Career Information:

Preschool Teachers