Early Childhood Development - Associate Degree | Thomas Nelson Community College

Early Childhood Development - Associate Degree

Early Childhood Development - Associate Degree
Program Details
Associate of Applied Science
Academic Division: 
Public Safety, Allied Health and Human Services

Children need you. Thomas Nelson’s Early Childhood Development program prepares students to provide high-quality early care and education for children up to 8 years old.

Thomas Nelson offers an associate degree in this field as well as an Early Childhood Development Assistant certificate and Child Development career studies certificate. Many of these courses can be used to upgrade job skills and renew teaching licenses. Students benefit from a research-based curriculum and internships at Virginia Star-rated childcare facilities and area military child development centers. Graduates are prepared to provide the highest level of quality care and instruction that meets Virginia Star standards as well as the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Smart Beginnings.


Graduates find employment in a variety of early care settings, including Heat Start, religious-based and military child development centers and for-profit and nonprofit programs. Those who earn an associate of applied science in Early Childhood Development can explore several employment opportunities. Graduates become:

  • paraprofessionals in public schools
  • preschool teachers
  • childcare program directors
  • in-home childcare professionals
  • before/after school resource program employees

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