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Early Childhood Education

Students desiring a career in the field of Early Childhood Education (birth- 8 years of age) may choose different levels of education to help them attain their professional goals: a One-year Certificate in Early Childhood Education, an Associate of Applied Science Degree, or they may wish to transfer to a four-year-institution to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree.  It is important that students inform their advisor of their chosen path so proper advising can be established.  Each path is customized to the individual students and their professional goals. Early Childhood Education technical scholarships are available to full and part-time students.

State licensing standards based on combinations of educational background and prior experience determines minimum requirements for entry into direct early childhood occupations.  Education from DCCC allows a student to meet and exceed those requirements.  The one-year certificate involves 31 hours early childhood education courses.  The two year Associate of Applied Science degree is based on 24 hours of general education courses and 37 hours of early childhood courses. Students wishing to transfer to a 4 year institution have their hours based on the requirements of the transfer institution.  Early childhood courses involve the student in traditional lecture classes and direct practical experiences in early childhood settings.  DCCC has a child development center on campus where students participate in observations and practicum courses.

Job Opportunities in Early Childhood Education:

  • Head Start Teacher/Family Advocate/Home Visitor
  • Preschool Lead Teacher/Assistant Teacher
  • Child Development Center Director
  • Family Child Care Provider
  • Owner/operator of an early childhood program
  • Paraprofessional in an early childhood setting
  • Nanny
  • Parents as Teacher educator
  • After School Program Director

College Catalog

This catalog contains the curriculum information a student needs in planning his or her studies at Dodge City Community College.  All students need to become familiar with the language of the college catalog and the necessity of planning a sequence that will provide either a one-year certificate or a two-year degree.  Advisors are provided to assist students in planning their academic program.  As a student, please make sure that you consult your advisor for guidance in planning a program of study.  Students are ultimately responsible for assuring that their academic program meets the requirements for graduation and/or transfer to another degree granting institution.

Contact Information

Lorna Ford
Professor of Early Childhood Education
2501 N. 14th Ave.
Dodge City, KS 67801
1-800-367-3222
620-225-3020
lford@dc3.edu