Early Childhood Education

Program Manager:

Ellen Neff





Focus Area Advisor:

Chloe Wherry





Program Overview:

You Deserve to Have a Career You Love While Making An Impact on the World.

Not every career allows you to wake up every day excited about the work you get to do in the world. For many students, it can be overwhelming to choose the right degree program but if you want to not only love your time in the classroom and your career afterward, then you're in the right place. 

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. 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.

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 Enhanced Criminal records background check.

Exit Requirements:

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

Career Information:

Change children’s lives and impact future generations! Employment opportunities include such areas as child care, preschool teaching, kindergarten, primary school teacher's aide, and Head Start family educator.