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A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education

At a Glance

The A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education degree program at Carroll Community College offers small class sizes, field placements and ongoing advisory support to jump-start your career as an early childhood educator.

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Program Length:

Two years, or four 15-credit terms

About the Program

Carroll’s A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education degree program offers 75 hours of field placement and curricular service learning, allowing students to not only acquire experience in an actual classroom environment, but to also network with our community partners, potentially leading to job placement opportunities.

Our non-lecture, learn-by-doing (“living classroom”) model, featuring beautiful classrooms with interactive furniture to allow collaboration with the on-campus Littlest Learners Child Development Center, prepares Early Child Education (ECE) students to fill responsible positions in the rewarding field of early childhood education.

Why Carroll for Your AAS Early Childhood Education Degree:

  • Receive practical, comprehensive instruction for teaching pre-K through 3rd grade children.
  • We coordinate placement of ECE students in classrooms working with children and professionals.
  • Our faculty, who have worked as early childhood teachers, administrators and special educators, offer expert, real-world guidance as education advisors.
  • Credit coursework is recognized by Maryland Child Care Credentialing Program.

Earn Your Degree at No Cost!

Grants provided by the Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund are available for qualified students who possess one year of relevant experience, work in a licensed child care program at least 10 hours per week, and are MSDE Child Care Credentialed at Level 2 or higher. Other assistance may be available.

For more information, contact the grant coordinator at or view the flyer.

HyFlex Learning Options

Starting Fall 2023, Introduction to Early Childhood Education (ECE 100) will be offered in a HyFlex Learning format. This means that, from day to day, students can choose to take the course online, hybrid or face-to-face! HyFlex is for students who really need flexibility in their course delivery, and may want to switch from one format to another on any given day because of work, family or other commitments.

Advisory Boards

Our curriculum is designed and continuously reviewed by an advisory board of industry experts and business leaders, ensuring the program meets all current skill and knowledge requirements. You can visit our Advisory Boards page to see the list of Early Childhood Education Advisory Board members, as well as advisory board members for our other programs.



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Students who choose this curriculum and desire to transfer to a 4-year college should consult with their Education faculty advisor at the beginning of their program. Program requirements may change due to possible new initiatives in the state, and certain specialized courses may not be transferable to some 4-year institutions.

Carroll has transfer agreements with virtually every public college and university in Maryland, as well as many other schools throughout the state and across the country.

Learn more about transferring your courses to a different institution or explore Transfer Agreements by Area of Study.


A graduate of the AAS in Early Childhood Education degree program can expect to find employment in a childcare center or as an independent childcare provider.

Carroll Community College has changed my life for the better. I am getting the education I need in order to keep taking care of my family. It has also shown me that I can do more than I realize.

Morgan Barton Early Childhood Education Student


Carroll’s faculty are scholars, researchers and distinguished leaders, selected based on their industry experience, academic excellence and passion for teaching. They possess a wealth of skills and knowledge to share with you throughout your pursuit of an Early Childhood Education degree.



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