Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education associate of applied science is a vocational program that prepares students for such careers as early childhood center administrators, preschool lead or assistant teachers, after school program coordinators, family home child care providers, and professional nannies.  

Independence Community College’s two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree is a vocational program that prepares students with coursework in child development, educational methodologies for young children, children's literature and infant and toddler care. 

The Practicum portion of the program offers students valuable hands-on experiences as they observe and demonstrate knowledge of developmental appropriate practices with children in a group setting such as ICC’s own Pirate Cove Academy Day Care located on the main campus.

The Early Childhood Education degree is a solid foundation for students wanting to obtain their teaching degree at a four-year college or university. 

If you would like more information about the Early Childhood Education Program at Independence Community College, contact:

Professor Eva Harkness

(620) 332-5428



Early Childhood Education

Degree: Associate of Applied Science

Suggested Four-Semester Plan


First Semester:

Course Title Credit Hours 

English Composition I - 3

Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication - 3

Child Health, Safety and Nutrition - 3 

General Psychology - 3

Principles of Early Childhood Education - 3

Term Total 15 


Second Semester:

Course Title Credit Hours

English Composition II - 3

Child Development - 3 

Creative Experiences for Young Children - 3

Language and Literacy Experiences - 3

Early Childhood Practicum I - 1

Introduction to Sociology - 3

Term Total 16


Third Semester:

Course Title Credit Hours

Teaching Children with Special Needs - 3

Children’s Music - 3 

Pediatric Emergencies for Day Care Providers - 1

Early Childhood Practicum II - 2

Parenting - 3

Art Appreciation - 3

Term Total 15 


Fourth Semester:

Course Title Credit Hours

Infant and Toddler Education and Care - 3 

Early Childhood Administration - 3 

Early Childhood Practicum III - 3

Early Childhood Curriculum Planning - 3

Observing and Interacting with Young Children - 3

Term Total 15 



*See Courses that meet General Education Graduation Requirements for a list of courses meeting the math/science, arts/humanities, and social/behavioral science requirements.

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