Early Childhood Education

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Get hands-on experience in Early Childhood Education (ECE) at TMCC! 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. If you have an interest in working with young children and want to obtain the skills necessary to help cultivate healthy growth and development and change lives for the better then Early Childhood Education is the program for you.

Why Choose Early Childhood Education at TMCC?

Our program has nearly 300 declared majors. Our students include individuals already working in early childhood programs in the community, those who are completing pre-professional training before joining the workforce, as well as those taking courses to meet the continuing education hours required by Nevada child care regulations.

TMCC’s Early Childhood Education program offers several key advantages:

  • The field of Early Childhood Education is projected to grow about 18% through 2026 which is much faster than most occupations. This makes the job market very strong for our graduates searching for careers in the field.
  • TMCC’s program is accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
  • Most courses are available in traditional classroom format and online so that you can choose the option that works best for your schedule.
  • Our high-quality faculty have expertise and experience in multiple aspects of early care and education.
  • We offer small class sizes which allows you to get the time and attention you need to succeed.
  • TMCC's Child Care Center, accredited by the National Accreditation Commission (NAC), is right on campus and offers excellent opportunity for observation, field experience, and practicum.
  • You can choose from a variety of degree, certificate, and course options.
  • Our classes are conveniently scheduled, including evenings and weekends.
  • 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.

Upon completion of coursework, you'll have the ability to foster the physical, cognitive, language, creative and social-emotional development of young children and will be able to apply your knowledge of child growth and development through practical experiences in early childhood programs.

If you are interested in transferring to the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), TMCC has a 2+2 Articulation Agreement in ECE/HDFS. The purpose of the agreement is to help graduates of TMCC’s ECE program gain admission to UNR’s early childhood education program in human development and family studies (HDFS). Students who complete the associate of arts degree in ECE at TMCC can transfer to UNR’s program as first-semester juniors. This option makes a smooth transition between the two programs, allowing students to more easily achieve both their AA degree at TMCC and their bachelor’s degree at UNR without the loss of credit hours or time.