Early Childhood Education (ECE)


The Early Childhood Education program at Cincinnati State prepares graduates for employment in a variety of early childhood settings. Students who complete the program earn an Associate of Applied Science degree, and 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.

Graduates of the Early Childhood Education program are prepared to move directly into related employment opportunities or to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in a related field.

Program Code



The Early Childhood Education associate's degree program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Education Programs.
NAEYC accreditation seal


Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Work as child care teachers, child care center administrators, public school teacher assistants, or Headstart program staff

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Childcare center worker
  • Teacher assistant

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$7.85/hr - $14.19/hr

Employment Outlook

Employment of childcare workers is projected to grow by 14 percent through 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected due to increases in the number of children who require childcare and continued demand for preschool programs.

Education Options

Strong Transfer History

  • Mount. St. Joseph University
  • Union Institute and University
  • University of Cincinnati

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • Cincinnati Early Learning Center
  • Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Mallory Early Childhood Learning Center (Cincinnati State)

Co-op Salary Projections

Students participate in unpaid student teaching


Effective 2018-2019 academic year

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Semester 1LecLabCredits
ENG 101English Composition 1 ( G) 303
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)  101
MAT XXX Math Elective (G)  303
EDU 105Introduction to Education ( B) 303
ECE 145The Developing Child ( B) 303
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology ( G) 303
Semester 2  
ECE 160Assessment and Observation in Early Childhood Education ( B) 303
ECE 180Infant and Toddler Environments ( T) 334
ECE 155Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Childhood ( B) 303
ECE 175Family, Community, and Schools ( B) 303
EDU 110Educational Technology ( T) 223
Semester 3  
ECE 185Creative Learning Environments ( T) 404
ECE 215Classroom Management and Guidance ( T) 303
ECE 220Preschool and School Age Environments ( T) 334
ECE 165Emergent Literacy ( T) 303
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)  303
Semester 4  
EDU 210Learning in Childhood ( T) 303
ECE 230Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education ( T) 303
ECE 290Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education ( T) 1143
EDU 200Individuals with Exceptionalities ( T) 303
XXX XXX Science Elective (G)  324
Total Credits:  592465


First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100College Survival Skills1
FYE 105College Success Strategies2
FYE 110Community College Experience3
English Composition Elective
ENG 102English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues3
ENG 103English Composition 2: Writing about Literature3
Math Elective
MAT 105Quantitative Reasoning3
MAT 111Business Mathematics3
Science Elective
BIO 111Biology: Unity of Life4
EVS 110Environmental Science: Conservation and Cleanup4
EVS 120Environmental Geology4
EVS 130Environmental Science: Ecology and Ecosystems4
PSC 105Astronomy4
PSC 110Earth Science4

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


Program Chair
Sandra Owen, MEd
(513) 569-1518
Get ECE program information
(513) 569-1619
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