The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education is designed to prepare students for careers as child care workers and early childhood teachers. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of child development principles as well as hands-on training in the care and nurturing of children.

JWCC graduates hold positions such as teacher or director of a child care center, tutor, nanny, pre-school teacher, and child care worker at an employersponsored child care center. Several graduates operate their own day care homes.

The demand for skilled, college-educated child care workers and teachers has increased dramatically in recent years. Child care workers and teachers are employed in day care centers, pre-schools, family day care homes, and before/after-school programs.  In addition to enjoying interacting with children, child care workers must be able to plan, organize, and implement activities for children that help the child develop academically, socially, and physically. They must be able to create a warm, consistent, and nurturing environment that encourages the development of each child to the fullest.

Applicants for the program must possess either a high school diploma or a GED diploma. Qualified applicants will be admitted into the program based on the date of the applications. Students will be placed into mathematics and English classes based upon assessment scores. Before starting the internship, the student will be required to submit a current record of a physical examination, indicating good physical and mental health. According to regulations of the Department of Children and Family Services, a background check, concerning child abuse, will be done on each student and satisfactory clearance must be met.