Associate of Science, Early Childhood Education

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This program is designed for students who wish to enter the field of Early Childhood Education or who are already employed in the field and wish to earn a credential by expanding their knowledge and competency in working with children from birth to age 8. The program will provide students with the skills and knowledge to develop competency in working with children. The courses will provide the theoretical background and practical experience necessary for students to succeed in a variety of educational settings. Program graduates will be qualified to seek employment in early care programs. Students may transfer to a four-year institution for further study.


The Early Childhood Education, A.S. at Quinebaug Valley Community College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children,

2021 Program outcome

Student Success

Bree'21, Early Childhood Education“The Early Childhood Education program at QVCC has given me the strong foundation and hands-on experience I need in order to feel confident and comfortable in classrooms. I’m proud to call myself a graduate of the Early Childhood Education program at QVCC”

-Bree Weidele’21

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Pathway to Teaching Careers

Career Outlook

The job outlook for preschool teachers is expected to grow 17 percent through 2022.

Job Salary

Preschool teachers is $27,130
Preschool and childcare center directors is $43,950
Teachers working in elementary schools is $53,090

Becoming Connecticut State Community College

STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. Click here for more details about this merger.