NJC Early Childhood Education
Area of Study

Early Childhood Education

Overview

Early childhood teachers and directors work in a variety of settings:  private and public preschool and child care settings supported and operated by the employer, hospitals, recreation centers, before/after school programs, Head Start, and other programs serving children birth to 8 years.

The Early Childhood AAS is designed to prepare persons to meet the requirements for a variety of positions within early childhood programs.  Upon completion of this degree, individuals will meet the education requirements for group leader (now Early Childhood Teacher).  They will be able to independently implement program activities and will be responsible for the care and education of a group of children. 

Individuals will have the necessary coursework to establish director qualification in the State of Colorado and infant/toddler nursery supervisor after completing the work experience requirements of the state.

Early childhood teachers and directors work in a variety of settings:  private and public preschool and child care settings supported and operated by the employer, hospitals, recreation centers, before/after school programs, Head Start, and other programs serving children birth to 8 years.

They are expected to meet the Colorado Core Competencies and Standards for Early Childhood Professionals at the introductory and practice levels, with some areas at mastery.

Must be able to pass a background check.  Any individual with child abuse/neglect convictions or domestic violence convictions or 7 or more misdemeanor convictions are not allowed to work in the field of early childhood.

The ECE classroom is set up for hands-on learning and group work.  It models for the student what is needed to work with children.  We place the student in early childhood settings for labs early in their program so they get a feel for what it’s like to teach young children.  ECE is the fun major!

Work with young children is very hands-on.  You must be willing to get down on the floor with children and interact with them in positive ways.  Teachers strive to create an engaging and emotionally safe environment for children.

NJC has a number of clubs and activities you might be interested in.  We have a book club, debate, and phi theta kappa (honors society) among many others.  The residence halls sponsor activities and the counselling office offers stress-free evenings, with fun and relaxing activities.

The ECE classroom has totes of all needed materials on each table with many other materials for projects available for student use.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of preschool teachers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

Early childhood education is important for a child’s short- and long-term intellectual and social development. More preschool teachers should be needed as a result of the increasing demand for early childhood education.

In addition, the number of preschool-aged children is expected to increase; however, their share of the overall population should remain constant.

Early Childhood Teacher, Preschool Teacher, Large or Small Center Director, Infant/Toddler Supervisor, Assistant Teacher, Head Teacher, Nanny, Teacher’s Aide, Group Leader, Early Childhood Specialist, Early Childhood Professor

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for Early Childhood Teachers at $29,780  for May 2018

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Program Name Child Care Group Leader

This program is designed to be completed in 30 weeks.

This program will cost $3,970 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0 of debt.

  1. Program meets licensure requirements in the following States: N/A
  2. Program does not meet licensure requirements in the following States: N/A
  3. Program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in the following States: N/A
  4. Program does not qualify students to sit for licensure exam in the following States: N/A
  5. The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Colorado

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Program Name Early Childhood Director

This program is designed to be completed in 45 weeks.

This program will cost $8,931 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0 of debt.

  1. Program meets licensure requirements in the following States: N/A
  2. Program does not meet licensure requirements in the following States: N/A
  3. Program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in the following States: N/A
  4. Program does not qualify students to sit for licensure exam in the following States: N/A
  5. The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Colorado

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Program Name Nanny Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 45 weeks.

This program will cost $9,179 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0 of debt.

  1. Program meets licensure requirements in the following States: N/A
  2. Program does not meet licensure requirements in the following States: N/A
  3. Program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in the following States: N/A
  4. Program does not qualify students to sit for licensure exam in the following States: N/A
  5. The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Colorado

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/