Early Childhood Education, A.S.

Please note that as of July 1, 2023, all program information should be accessed through the CT State Community College Catalog. Specific program information on this page may no longer be accurate beyond this date.

If you love working with children, this program is for you. It is designed to provide education and experiences as a basis for employment in the field of early childhood working with children ages 0-8 and/or as a two-year educational foundation for students wishing to transfer to a four/five-year teaching certification program. You’ll be prepared to work in early care and education settings including child care, public school para professionals (K-2) and related human service agencies. Our courses also address the needs of individuals already employed in the area of early education looking to enhance their professional competence and depth of knowledge.The goal of the plan is to create an “accessible pathway for career mobility for early childhood educators.”

Special Opportunities

Some classes work with TRCC’s on-campus day care center, Little Learners. TRCC currently has working relationships with the following colleges: CCSU, ECSU, SCSU, University of Hartford, St. Joseph College, Charter Oak State College and The University of Connecticut: Human Development and Family Relations major.

Career Options

Child Care
Public School Para-professionals (K-2)
Human Service Agencies
Special Education

Credential Program

At Three Rivers Community College, we offer a special program to assist early childhood professionals meet the current ECE NAEYC Workforce standards. To address this workforce need, we have made special modifications by exempting employed ECE providers from the prerequisite requirements on the first twelve ECE credits taken in the program. We are pleased to be part of the changing pace of Early Childhood.


The Early Childhood Education, A.S. at Three Rivers Community College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, www.naeyc.org.

The accreditation term runs from March 1, 2020 through March 31, 2022.


Click here for NAEYC Accreditation Program Outcome Data

Click here for TRCC ECE Candidate Learning Objectives and Outcomes


Easy Transfer Options

Central Connecticut State University
Eastern Connecticut State University
Southern Connecticut State University
University of Hartford
University of St. Joseph
Charter Oak State College
University of Connecticut: Human Development and Family Relations major.

Related Degrees & Certificates

Because you are interested in the Early Childhood Education, A.S., you might want to look at these programs, too.

Human Services, A.S.
Liberal Arts and Sciences, A.A.
Pathway to Teaching Careers, A.A.

Courses & Outcomes

See below for a list of all full-time Department Faculty. Please note that not all listed faculty may teach courses related to this specific degree or certificate program.


Sheila Skahan