Area of Study

Early Childhood Education (REBUILD)
As an early childhood educator you will lay the foundation for a child's lifelong learning journey, fostering social, emotional, and cognitive development during their formative years, ultimately influencing their future success and well-being.

Benefits of a Teaching Career

  • Impact: Make a lasting impact on student lives, helping them learn, grow, and achieve their full potential.
  • Job Stability: Teaching is a stable profession with consistent demand
  • Time Off: Workload follows the school calendar with breaks and vacations that coincide with family time and weekends off.
  • Variety: Offers a diverse range of subjects, age groups, and classroom environments, keeping the work interesting and engaging.
  • Community: Become an integral parts of your local community and contribute positively to society.
  • Benefits: Many teaching positions come with competitive salaries, benefits, and retirement plans.

These benefits collectively make teaching a rewarding and meaningful career choice, attracting individuals who are passionate about education and the positive impact they can have on individuals and communities.

Career Outlook

The demand for teachers remains consistently high, as educators play a crucial role in shaping the future, ensuring job stability, and offering opportunities for those passionate about education.

Interested in ECE?

Degree & Certificate Options

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Early Childhood Education Teaching Assistant
CERTIFICATE

Ages: Infant to preschool (3-5 years)

What? Assists teachers in infant to preschool age classrooms

Does not: Lead a classroom, develop curriculum

Leads to: This is the first certificate all ECE students earn as it leads to all of the others

Teacher smiling with a smiling baby on her lap and playing a musical instrument

Infant/Toddler Teacher
CERTIFICATE

Ages: Infant to 3 years

What? Teaches the youngest children in their most critical development years

Does not: Teach preschool age children

Leads to: This certificate is a building block in the Early Childhood Education Director Certificate

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Early Childhood Teacher
CERTIFICATE

Ages: Infant to Preschool (0-5 years)

What? Begins more formal curriculum and focuses on social skills

Limitations: Not certified K-3rd grade

Leads to: This certificate is a building block in the Early Childhood Education Director Certificate

Bonus: Can also lead school age (0-13 years) after school/summer programs

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Early Childhood Education Director
CERTIFICATE

Ages: Infant to preschool classroom, school age after school/summer programs (0-13 years)

What? Manages the day-to-day of an early childhood care facility

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Early Childhood Teacher Education
TRANSFER DEGREE

Ages: Infant to 3rd grade (9 years)

What? Ability to teach all ECE age children IF you earn a Bachelor’s Degree by transferring to a university

Associate Degree: Can only teach infant through preschool if you stop at this level

Older male teacher with a  bushy beard holding a tablet while observing a female high school student experiment with a virtual reality headset.

Other Education Levels

Are you interested in:

  • Being a paraprofessional to assist in K-12 classrooms?
  • Teaching K-5th grade (requires Bachelors Degree)?
  • Teaching middle/high school levels (requires Bachelors Degree)?
Preschool teacher Kabrie Perez reading to some of her students

As a parent managing the responsibilities of family, work and full-time education, can be demanding. Enrolling in MCC’s Weekend College not only made my dream possible but also increased my self-confidence. The flexibility of weekend classes allowed me to maintain my focus on both family and career while completing my associate degree and earning my Early Childhood Director Certificate.

Kabrie Perez, MCC Class of 2024

Preschool Teacher, Evans Early Childhood Center

MONDAY CONTENT Work with infants and young children in teaching or leading.
MONDAY CONTENT THIS IS THE AREA OF STUDY BODY The ECE program prepares the student for a career in teaching children (birth to age 8) and to become a productive, caring and responsible teacher.   Classes emphasize child development skills in the areas of language, social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Classes also focus on cultural diversity among children.   Students will become familiar with theories concerning child development and ECE, and will participate in many group discussions and hands-on activities that they can apply in the preschool classroom.

Careers & Salaries

Updated October 2023. Career information from O*Net Online.

Position Median
Education and Childcare Administrators, Preschool and Daycare $49,690
Preschool Teachers $35,300
Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers $60,490
Teaching Assistants, Preschool & Elementary $30,920

Faculty

Jamie Hochanadel, Ed.S.

Jamie started adjunct teaching in the Early Childhood Education program in Summer of 2020. Prior to working at MCC, Jamie worked for Morgan County School District at Sherman Early Childhood Center for 8 years. Jamie received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Northern Colorado, her M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Grand Canyon University, and her Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University.

Jamie lives in Morgan County with her husband and four children.  She enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, gardening, and is an avid reader.