The Early Childhood Education program at Cincinnati State seeks to prepare early childhood educators with the content knowledge and skills required to care for and educate young children though a robust curriculum aligned with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Professional Standards and Competencies.

Through experiential, progressive, and reflective learning experiences, future early childhood educators recognize the importance of collaboration among families, communities, and other professionals in the life of the child.

The Early Childhood Education associate’s degree program serves as a career pathway that supports the community by making available prepared, professional early childhood educators for childcare, preschool, elementary school, and Head Start programs throughout the area.

Additionally, students are educationally prepared to enter bachelor’s degree programs and pursue higher level educator preparation degrees. Graduates are eligible to apply for the Pre-Kindergarten Associate Teacher License offered by the Ohio Department of Education.

The William L. Mallory Early Learning Center on the Cincinnati State campus provides outstanding childcare and also serves as a learning lab for students earning the Early Childhood Education degree.

Early Childhood Education (ECE)
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The Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science degree at Cincinnati State Technical and 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. The current accreditation term runs from May 2018 through March 2025.


Program Chair

Advisor, Student Teaching Placement

Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Work in childcare, preschool, elementary school, and Head Start programs throughout the area
  • Enter bachelor's degree programs for PreK-5th grade teacher licensure and non-licensure tracks.

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Preschool Lead Teacher
  • Lead Teacher, Childcare
  • Assistant Teacher
  • Educational Assistant

Graduate Employment Outlook

Employment of childcare workers is projected to grow about 8 percent through 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Many openings for preschool teachers and childcare workers are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

$12.24-$18.00 per hour

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Education Options

Transfer History

  • Mount. St. Joseph University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Northern Kentucky University

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Site

  • Butler County Educational Service Center Early Learning Programs
  • Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Learning Grove Early Learning Centers
  • William L. Mallory Early Childhood Learning Center (Cincinnati State)

Co-op Salary Projections

Students participate in unpaid student teaching


Program Chair

Advisor, Student Teaching Placement


Effective 2023-2024 academic year

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B) 1 0 1
MAT XXX Mathematics Elective (G) 3 0 3
EDU 105 Introduction to Education ( B) 3 0 3
ECE 145 The Developing Child ( B) 3 0 3
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology ( G) 3 0 3
Semester 2
ECE 160 Assessment and Observation in Early Childhood Education ( B) 3 0 3
ECE 180 Infant and Toddler Environments ( T) 3 3 4
ECE 155 Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Childhood ( B) 3 0 3
ECE 175 Family, Community, and Schools ( B) 3 0 3
EDU 110 Educational Technology ( T) 2 2 3
Semester 3
ECE 185 Creative Learning Environments ( T) 4 0 4
ECE 215 Classroom Management and Guidance ( T) 3 0 3
ECE 220 Preschool and School Age Environments ( T) 3 3 4
ECE 165 Emergent Literacy ( T) 3 0 3
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G) 3 0 3
Semester 4
EDU 210 Learning in Childhood ( T) 3 0 3
ECE 230 Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education ( T) 3 0 3
ECE 290 Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education ( T) 1 14 3
EDU 200 Individuals with Exceptionalities ( T) 3 0 3
XXX XXX Science Elective (G) 3 2 4
Total Credits: 59 24 65


First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100 College Success Strategies: Overview 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies: Overview and Application 2
FYE 110 College Success Strategies: Practice and Application 3
English Composition Elective
ENG 102 English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues 3
ENG 103 English Composition 2: Writing about Literature 3
Mathematics Elective
MAT 105 Quantitative Reasoning 3
MAT 111 Business Mathematics 3
Science Elective
BIO 111 Biology: Unity of Life 4
EVS 110 Environmental Science: Conservation and Cleanup 4
EVS 120 Environmental Geology 4
EVS 130 Environmental Science: Ecology and Ecosystems 4
PSC 105 Astronomy 4
PSC 110 Earth Science 4
The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.

G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum
Some courses are offered in alternative versions identified with a letter after the course number -- for example, ENG 101 and ENG 101A.

• This curriculum displays only course numbers without the added letter.
• The alternative version, when available, meets the requirements of the course version without the added letter.

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