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Early Childhood Development Associate’s Degree

Early Childhood Development

Our early childhood associate’s degree prepares you to work with children in schools and other settings.

The Early Childhood Development associate’s degree prepares you for immediate employment as a teacher’s assistant, paraprofessional, daycare educator, or related position.

Our early childhood associate’s degree offers you a convenient, affordable opportunity to develop practical workforce skills. You’ll take courses in a friendly, community-oriented setting at Southwest Virginia Community College, working with faculty who know you by name and have a personal commitment to your success.

The early childhood development program has a flexible design to accommodate students with busy schedules. It works equally well for younger students who are new to the workforce, and working adults who need to balance college courses with job and family commitments.

Our associate’s degree in early childhood development enables you to:

  • Get an affordable associate’s degree that you can fit into your budget comfortably.
  • Take courses over the Internet at times that won’t conflict with your work schedule.
  • Develop the skills to work effectively with young children.
  • Gain supervised, practical work experience in early childhood settings.
  • Receive one-on-one attention from faculty, thanks to SWCC’s small class sizes.
  • Earn an associate’s degree from an accredited community college that has a long, successful track record in workforce developments.

Earn an Early Childhood Associate’s Degree from an Accredited College

Southwest Virginia Community College is an accredited public institution that meets high academic standards. You’ll earn an early childhood associate’s degree that commands respect, along with credits that you can transfer if you decide to continue your education.

The associate’s degree in early childhood development includes courses in education, child development, nutrition, behavioral science, and infants/toddlers. When you’ve completed the early childhood associate’s degree, you’ll be ready for employment as a paraprofessional in settings such as:

  • Elementary schools
  • Nursery schools
  • Before- and after-school programs (including arts and recreation programs for children)
  • Day care centers
  • Head Start programs
  • Tutoring centers
  • Special education programs


To find out how an associate’s degree in early childhood development degree can prepare you for a rewarding career, contact:
Faculty Adviser Kimberly Austin,, 276.964.7362 or Southwest Virginia Community College Admissions at 276.964.7238 or

Education Path

View the complete list of course requirements for the Early Childhood Development Associates Degree at SWCC

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