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Child Study/Early Childhood Education Degree Programs

early childhood education degree program in ct

Nicole Randall, Child Study graduate

The Most Important Years of Life

The more we learn about child development, the more we realize the crucial importance of early childhood education to prepare children for lifelong success. With a bachelor’s degree in Child Study and an associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Goodwin College, you can make a difference in the lives of children.

Parents, families, and communities need devoted, nurturing — and prepared — caregivers who are invested in children’s growth. Early childhood educators focus on nurturing children’s social, physical, emotional, and cognitive skills as well as developing their abilities in language and literacy.

In our early childhood education degree programs, you will gain knowledge of how to work with children and their families in a variety of settings based on child development and age-appropriate practices. You will gain a deep knowledge of child growth, development, and learning, and will be able to apply this knowledge to communicating effectively with children, colleagues, and families.

Our Associate degree in Early Childhood Education and the Bachelor degree in Child Study are both approved programs for the Connecticut State Early Childhood Teaching Credential (ECTC). Beginning in 2015, this credential will become a requirement, in addition to a completed degree, for professionals to gain employment in a Connecticut state-run early childhood program. Students completing either of our early childhood education degree programs successfully will automatically qualify for this credential. Upon graduation, a short application is filed with Connecticut Charts-a-Course (a non-profit early childhood professional development organization) in order for the student to register with the state. The credential will then be mailed to the student.

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Goodwin College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The Early Childhood Education program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), located at 1313 L Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone 202-232-8777 or, toll-free, 800-424-2460.


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Students will be prepared for the Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC). Students will have extensive opportunities for hands-on-learning and will gain experience in a variety of early childhood settings, including our state-of-the-art Reggio Emilia-inspired Early Childhood Magnet School. Goodwin College offers courses that will lead up to the Director's Credential With 3 full semesters each year, you can finish your degree faster.