Early Childhood Education, A.S.


If you love working with children, this program is for you. It is designed to provide education and experiences as a basis for employment in the field of early childhood working with children ages 0-8 and/or as a two-year educational foundation for students wishing to transfer to a four/five-year teaching certification program. You’ll be prepared to work in early care and education settings including child care, public school para professionals (K-2) and related human service agencies. Our courses also address the needs of individuals already employed in the area of early education looking to enhance their professional competence and depth of knowledge.The goal of the plan is to create an “accessible pathway for career mobility for early childhood educators.”

Special Opportunities

Some classes work with TRCC’s on-campus day care center, Little Learners. TRCC currently has working relationships with the following colleges: ECSU, SCSU, University of Hartford, Mitchell College, St. Joseph College, Charter Oak State College and The University of Connecticut: Human Development and Family Relations major.

Career Options

Child Care
Public School Para-professionals (K-2)
Human Service Agencies

Credential Program

At Three Rivers Community College, we offer a special program to assist early childhood professionals meet the current ECE NAEYC Workforce standards. We have made special modifications by exempting all prerequisites for the following courses to address this workforce need. We are pleased to be part of the changing pace of Early Childhood.

To begin, in order to receive your CDA you may choose to enroll in the following classes. Other ECE classes can be substituted towards the mandated 120 hours but we have found Intro and Child Development to be the best match. When you receive your CDA, our Registrar will additionally award you the Heath, Safety and Nutrition Course.

Easy Transfer Options

Eastern Connecticut State University
Southern Connecticut State University
University of Hartford
Mitchell College
University of St. Joseph College
Charter Oak State College
University of Connecticut: Human Development and Family Relations major.
Sacred Heart University
University of Bridgeport
University of New Haven
Western Connecticut State University

Related Degrees & Certificates

Because you are interested in the Early Childhood Education, A.S., you might want to look at these programs, too.

Early Childhood Teacher Credential Studies, A.A. – CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree
Human Services, A.S.
Liberal Arts and Sciences, A.A.
Pathway to Teaching Careers, A.A.

Courses & Outcomes

See below for a list of all full-time Department Faculty. Please note that not all listed faculty may teach courses related to this specific degree or certificate program.


Sheila Skahan