Early Childhood Education

Use research and creative problem-solving to deliver developmentally appropriate materials for young children.

In this program, you will work in our own preschool center, playing an essential role in caring for young children from the community. You will use research and creative problem-solving to deliver developmentally appropriate activities for young children.

    This program meets the standards of the Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program (CDA). Students may apply for the CDA credential upon successful completion of CDA requirements.

    The Delaware Area Career Center follows the standards from the National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation and the Early Learning Content Standards for Pre-K children set by the State of Ohio.

    Carol Fuller
    (740) 203.2255
    1610 State Route 521 | Delaware, OH 43015

    To ask more questions about any program or to schedule a tour of our campuses, contact us (740) 201-3216 or LinkM@DelawareAreaCC.org.

    Class Location & Grade

    Location: North Campus

    Grade Level: Juniors and Seniors

    Class Fees

    2018/2019 Lab Fees Due to DACC:
    Early Childhood Education I: $239.00
    Early Childhood Education II: $124.00

    See breakdowns for individual fee costs, including additional fees not covered in the cost listed above:

    Early Childhood Education I
    Early Childhood Education II

    This program is participating in the One to One Experience. An additional one-time fee of $182.50 to purchase a Chromebook will be waived if you are a returning student who has already participated in the One to One Experience or if you are bringing your own technology. Learn more about the One to One Experience.

    Fees can be easily paid online, 24 hours a day. Learn more about paying class fees and adding to your student’s lunch account.

    Curriculum Highlights
    • Researching, creating, and delivering developmentally appropriate materials for young children
    • Planning activities that engage children by utilizing effective teaching techniques 
    • Lesson planning and curriculum development
    • Child guidance and child abuse recognition and awareness
    • Guiding children with special needs
    • Infant stimulation and school age child care
    • Literacy and storytelling
    • Creating a safe and healthy learning environment
    • Types of early childhood programs
    • Daycare licensing laws and preschool rules
    • Nutrition and food for young children and principles of development
    • CDA portfolio development
    Additional Benefits
    • Gain real-life experiences in our own preschool
    • Earn up to 12 credits
    • Receive membership in Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
    • Participate in an apprenticeship program that offers vital hands-on experience
    • Obtain the certification to work in the field as you pursue a teaching certificate if desired
    • Receive Ohio Department of Education and Step Up to Quality Certifications
    Organization, Affiliation, or CTSO

    Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America

    College Connections
    • Columbus State Community College
    • Hocking Technical College
    • Central Ohio Technical College - Dual Credit
    • Earn up to 12 credits
    Industry Credentials Available
    • CDA
    • First Aid/CPR
    • Communicable Disease
    • Child Abuse Recognition
    • Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Professional Development Network - Step Up To Quality Certifications
    Technology Integration
    • Computers with updated technology for everyday use
    • Portfolio documentation with digital cameras
    • Video editing software for interviewing purposes
    • BYOT - Bring Your Own Technology
    Business Partnerships
    • Nikou Learning Center
    • Grace Family Daycare
    • LCC Children's Center
    • Today's Learning Child
    Job Placements
    • The Learning Centers
    • Grace Family Daycare
    • LCC Children's Center
    • Today's Learning Child
    Career Focus

    Upon completion, you will be able to work as a Child Care Assistant, a Day Care Teacher, an employee at Head Start, a Nanny or Lead Teacher, a Recreation Assistant or Teacher Assistant. You can also take care of children in after care programs.

    With advanced education, you can become a Parks and Recreation Curriculum Director, a Preschool Director, a Teacher in elementary education, or special needs preschool.


    “The ECE class gave me the opportunity to explore options for my future career dealing with children. I have had many experiences in my lab that helped me make a decision for my course work in college. Having this realization now will save me thousands of dollars over waiting to make this discovery in my junior or senior year of college.”
    - Amber Miller

    "Even though I love that we get to interact with kids and spend our day with them, there's so much more to our class than that. We really learn the fundamentals of education at various developmental stages."
    - Janae Bell