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How Long Does it Take to Earn a Degree in Early Childhood Education?

Posted On Jan 15, 2019

How Long Does it Take to Earn a Degree in Early Childhood Education?You may not have the time to pursue a 4-year degree, but that doesn't mean you can't pursue higher education at all. There are a number of programs out there that can be completed in less time than a 4-year degree that still offers you entry into a rewarding, exciting career.

Those with a love of knowledge and a desire to help children are often drawn to the field of early childhood education. But how long does it take to earn a degree in early childhood education? Here's what you need to know.

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How Long Does It Take

Most early childhood education programs can be completed in as little as 2 years. Over the course of your program, you'll take a number of interesting classes and get hands-on teaching experience that will prepare you for a number of future careers. Whether you want to teach in a traditional classroom environment or even travel the world teaching the next generation, there's something for you here.

Courses You Will Take

Early childhood education requires a very broad skill set. You'll be expected to know a number of subjects including art, history, social studies, and music. Each ECE program is slightly different, but using Athena Career Academy as an example here's what you can expect.

During our program, you'll take 55 credit hours of core ECE classes along with 37 credit hours of general education classes for a total of 92 credit hours. Each year will be separated into 4 quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. You can start the program during any quarter.

Over the course of the program, you'll learn about the theory of education, art, child development, infant care, and special needs education among other things. Once you graduate you'll officially have an Associates Degree in Applied Science (AAS) with a concentration in Early Childhood Education.

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Experiences You Will Have

Early childhood education is about more than just classroom learning, you'll have the opportunity to pursue many hours of hands-on experience that includes training in art, music, and lesson planning. In addition, by the time you graduate, you'll be certified in first aid, CPR, child abuse prevention, and communicable diseases.

At Athena, you'll also pursue 120 hours of contact with children at an approved Child Development Center. Once you're finished you'll all the experience and knowledge necessary to seamlessly transition into your first job.

How It Compares To Other Degrees

You can earn a degree in early childhood education in as little as two years. Compared to a four-year university program this is a more effective use of your time, especially if early childhood education is your primary interest.

Once you have your degree there are a number of careers you can move into, and if you wish to pursue further education later down the line you are in a great position to do so.

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If you're ready to begin your new career in early childhood education simply contact us at Athena Career Academy today. For more information about our early childhood education program, you can visit us here at our website

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Athena Career Academy is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. The school is registered with the Ohio Board of Career Colleges and Schools; State of Ohio – School Registration Number – 10-09-1943T and operates under the authority of the Ohio Board of Nursing. Please contact the Student Operations Manager for more information.

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