Education, Early Childhood

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Education, Early Childhood

  • Education, Early Childhood

Sheridan College
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Degree Options: AS AAS Certificate 

*This program is also currently available online.

Early childhood educators and preschool teachers are vital to helping young children prepare for school all across the country. NWCCD offers Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Science and Certificate of Completion degree options in Early Childhood Education. NWCCD’s program will provide you the hands-on training, theoretical knowledge and field experiences in child care, preschool, and early elementary school settings to enhance your career opportunities.


NWCCD’s Early Childhood Education program aligns with the Child Development Associate credential and the Wyoming Early Childhood Apprentice. NWCCD has strong partnerships with colleges and universities to help you graduate and transfer into Bachelor’s degree programs. NWCCD Early Childhood Education degree program is offered at Sheridan College.


Industry Outlook

Employment opportunities are numerous, as Early Childhood Education graduates are in high demand. Many NWCCD students earning an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education pursue Bachelor’s degrees in Education, allowing them to teach and work in a variety of educational settings. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics predicts that by 2022 over 76,000 Preschool Teacher jobs will need to be filled throughout the nation, an increase of 17%. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers will also grow with more than 188,000 new jobs from 2012-22, a 12% increase, and 184,100 childcare worker jobs will be added, up 14%.


Careers and Opportunities

Demand is high for Early Childhood Education graduates, as the need for more qualified teachers and workers in the field of early childhood education continues to increase. The national demand on early childhood centers has also increased. Early childhood care centers in the region and state are in need of high-quality Early Childhood Education graduates. With a degree from NWCCD, you may find jobs like:


  • Preschool and pre-kindergarten teacher
  • Assistant teacher
  • Childcare worker
  • Early childhood education provider
  • Preschool center director
  • Special education teacher
  • Instructional coordinator
  • School counselor
  • Social worker
  • Childcare center director

Research additional employment information by viewing this program’s gainful employment page.


NWCCD’s Early Childhood Education program offers online, eight-week courses and field training to help you understand both theory and practice.


Our Program

NWCCD’s Early Childhood Education Associate of Science program at Sheridan College will give you hands-on training and theoretical knowledge. NWCCD’s Early Childhood Education degree is easily transferrable and may serve as a minor to many Elementary Education programs. The Early Childhood Education program degree is a two year program designed to prepare you for employment as a teacher, assistant teacher, or administrators in early childhood programs including center-based child care, preschools, and Head Start programs. The courses are delivered in eight-week sessions and completely online. The program provides foundational knowledge in child development, early childhood professional standards, program and curriculum planning and administration, and guidance and assessment techniques.


As the only programs in Wyoming to offer core Early Childhood Education courses online in eight-week sessions, NWCCD will prepare you for your future job opportunities. NWCCD program is one of two programs in Wyoming to offer the Child Development Associate certificate, which requires a national board test.


Early childhood teachers are vital to helping young children get ready for school.


Faculty and Community

NWCCD’s Early Childhood Education faculty are dedicated to ensuring you will have the skills and knowledge to succeed in the education field. Our expert faculty members will guide you through our online, eight-week course options to help you earn your degree and transfer into a Bachelor’s program or find a job in the field.


Our Early Childhood Education students enjoy opportunities to work in local school districts and childcare centers through NWCCD’s strong community partnerships. Our faculty believe in hands-on application and practice to help you learn, using field hours associated with each course to help you bridge theory to practice.



Want to learn about NWCCD’s early childhood education partnership opportunities for students?


Meet Our Faculty


Northern Wyoming Community College District (NWCCD) is a multi-campus community college serving Sheridan, Campbell, and Johnson Counties.

Sheridan College

1 Whitney Way
Sheridan, WY 82801
Phone: 307-675-0505
Phone: 888-675-0505

Gillette College

300 West Sinclair
Gillette, WY 82718
Phone: 307-681-6000
Phone: 888-681-6070