As more studies are done and our national attention focuses on it, we are realizing the importance of early childhood education. In fact, over the last decade, research has shown that the mental, emotional, and social development of very young children is critical to their life-long success. Their learning has an impact on individual academic achievement, our nation’s economy, and our shared societal system.

It stands to reason, then, that graduates of our Early Childhood Education Program have the opportunity to have a major impact on their future students and our world. Early childhood education is no longer viewed as glorified babysitting, and our curriculum ensures that you learn all of the skills necessary to have a positive, life-long impact on your students. It covers behavior management, early literacy, cognitive development, special needs, and much more.

The program offers short-term certificates that can be earned in one semester as well as an associate degree. Of course, you may choose to further your education beyond LCCC through our University Partnership or transfer programs.

Early Childhood Education Programs at LCCC


Short-Term Certificates

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education – Leadership in Administration

Early Childhood Education – Infant and Toddler

Associate Degrees

Early Childhood Education


University Partnership Programs

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Education – On LCCC’s Campus

Our Early Childhood Education Program courses are designed to transfer seamlessly to these university partnership programs:

  Bachelor of Science in Education-Early Childhood Intervention Specialist(PreK-3) from Ashland University  

  Bachelor of Science in Education-Early Childhood Licensure(PreK-3) from Ashland University  

  Bachelor of Science in Education-Middle Childhood Licensure(4-9) from Ashland University 

 Bachelor of Science in Education-K-12 Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate from Ashland University

  Bachelor Plus for Teacher Licensure from Ashland University

  Master of Science in Education (Graduate Programs from Ashland University

  Master of Science in Education major in Educational Leadership from Ashland University

   Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (Birth – 5) from the University of Cincinnati Online    

Transfer to another college or university

LCCC is a great place to start. You can complete the first years of your education at LCCC at our lower tuition rate and then transfer your credits to another college or university to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

  Learn more about how to transfer LCCC credits to another college or university

Getting started while you’re still in high school

You don’t have to wait to graduate from high school to start earning college credit.

The College Credit Plus program offers you an opportunity to earn college credit as early as seventh grade. Courses are frequently offered on-site at local high schools. Students may also have the option of taking LCCC classes online or on our campus. Classes taken through CCP count for both high school and college credit and are FREE for most students. 

The MyUniversity program, a unique partnership between LCCC and area high schools, provides a pathway for high school students to the full college experience – starting in high school!

   Learn more about earning college credit in high school.