Early Childhood Education Technology



Associate of Applied Science

Win Maxey-Shumate, Program Coordinator

The Early Childhood Education Technology Program provides preparation for a professional career in the discipline of Early Childhood Education. This program includes classroom instruction, supervised laboratory experiences, and work-based learning experiences. Students will develop competencies that enable them to provide services, teach, and guide young children, aged birth to eight, in various childhood professions and career options.

Early Childhood Education Technology is a two-year program that requires a minimum of 66 semester hours of coursework. Successful completion of the Early Childhood Education Technology curriculum results in the student receiving a Career Certifi­cate, a Technical Certifi­cate, and/or an Associate of Applied Science degree. This curriculum meets the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation and the Mississippi Department of Education Early Learning Standards and Guidelines for Pre-kindergarten (3- and 4- year olds). The program offers students the opportunity to apply for a Child Development Assistant Infant and Toddler Certifi­cate of Profi­ciency and a Child Development Assistant Pre-school Certifi­cate of Proficiency.

*The content for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is embedded in the Early Childhood Education Technology coursework.

Jobs are available for students who complete this program in public, private, corporate, or parochial early childhood education programs, including those in public and private child care centers that serve children of all socioeconomic levels and abilities.

Courses may be offered as hybrid courses in the evenings and during the summer; however, in order to enroll, the student must be employed in a child care center or approved fi­eld.

Transfer students from other Early Childhood Education Technology programs must have a letter of recommendation from the Program Coordinator at their previous school and take at least twelve (12) hours or three (3) Early Childhood Education classes at Meridian Community College prior to enrolling in Initial or Advanced Practicums.

Students entering the program for the ­first time must contact the program coordinator prior to enrolling in any early childhood education courses.

All students admitted into the program will be required to pay for fi­ngerprinting and background checks, which will be done after admission and prior to practicum classes. These fees will be attached as registration fees. There are certain convictions that will prevent an individual from being eligible to participate in this program. If a student is unable to participate in practicum classes, he/she will be dismissed from the program. For additional information, contact the program coordinator.

All students must have their Health 121 Form and Fingerprint clearance letter on ­le with the program coordinator.

Progression: To meet graduation requirements for this program, students must successfully complete the specifi­ed courses listed below with a "C" average (GPA of 2.00) or better. A grade of "C" or higher is required in each CDT course to progress in the program.

Students in the Early Childhood Education Technology Program must attend MCC full-time (12 or more semester credit hours).

Admission requirements, curriculum, and other program information subject to change.  See your program advisor/counselor for additional information.