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Early Childhood Education
2-year AAS degree

The Early Childhood Education program provides several options for students interested in the care and education of young children. Students in the program have opportunities to participate in a variety of community early childhood programs, including Head Start centers, kindergarten classrooms, voluntary four-year-old programs and child care centers.  Whenever possible, experience in inclusive and diverse settings will be encouraged.

Students planning to pursue an Early Childhood Education degree at a four-year institution follow the Liberal Arts program requirements while at Kirkwood, completing general education and elective courses that prepare them for transfer. Students hoping to start their careers without transferring should work with the Early Childhood Education advisor to choose from the degree, diploma and certificate options.

Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant.

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Early Childhood Education Transfer
2-year AA degree

Kirkwood has articulation agreements with a number of institutions offering degrees in early-childhood-related programs. By working with your Early Childhood Education advisor, you can select courses that will meet the requirements of your transfer institution, such as foreign language, laboratory science, diversity and grade point average.

Social Sciences department faculty and staff members are available to discuss courses and areas of concentration as they relate to your transfer degree.

There are numerous scholarships available specifically for students pursuing a Liberal Arts degree from Kirkwood's Department of Social Sciences.

To transfer to a four-year college or university and major in an early childhood education-related degree, complete the Kirkwood Liberal Arts A.A. degree. Fulfilling electives with credits in Early Education-related courses provides opportunities to explore the discipline of education, build your resume and prepare for transfer.

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