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Program Information

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ECE Program Policies

To assure successful completion of TMCC's ECE Program, students should be aware of the following policies.

Students in the ECE Program must:

  1. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of a 2.0 (C) or better, and a minimum grade of "C" must be made in each of the core course requirements.
  2. Complete the required practicum experience through TMCC, unless prior arrangements have been made in advance with the ECE Program Coordinator.

Degrees and Coursework

The ECE Program offers Skills Certificates as well as Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees in several areas of specialization in early care and education, including work with infants and toddlers, preschool age children and administration of early childhood programs.

View TMCC's College Catalog for complete information.

ECE coursework includes:

  • Theory and foundations of child growth and development
  • Child health, safety and nutrition
  • Child guidance
  • Curriculum planning
  • Administration of ECE programs
  • Professionalism and ethics
  • Observation and assessment
  • Working with parents and families
  • Understanding children with challenging conditions

TMCC's ECE Program also offers specialized courses for working with infants and toddlers, school-age children and program administration. In addition, individual courses provide continuing education and in-service training for early childhood professionals to meet their ongoing training needs.

Upon completion of coursework, students foster the physical, cognitive, language, creative and social-emotional development of young children. Students learn to apply their knowledge of child growth and development through practical experiences in early childhood programs.

The state of Nevada supports students studying early childhood education through scholarships in the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Nevada Program. Other statewide initiatives include the Nevada Registry and the Office of Early Care and Education.

Academic Advisement

Academic advising services are an essential element of the TMCC student support system. It is highly recommended that ECE students seek academic advisement before registering each semester, periodically during your studies, before transferring to another college or university and/or before graduating. Students may contact the TMCC Academic Advisement Office, but are also encouraged to seek academic advisement directly from one of the members of the ECE faculty.

Note that academic advisement may also be a required step for students in the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Nevada Program.

Jobs in Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education degree program prepares individuals to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in a variety of early childhood settings, including:

  • Infant-toddler programs
  • Preschools and child care centers
  • Family child care homes
  • Head Start and Early Head Start programs

Jobs in early care and education include:

  • Classroom teacher or aid
  • Preschool owner/director
  • Nanny/au pair
  • Child care resource & referral specialist
  • ECE trainer/consultant
  • Child care licensing specialist