Early Childhood Education

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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 Riverside 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.

Early Childhood Education: Shaping the Minds of Tomorrow

We believe everyone should have access to a quality education. We believe that you should have the chance to succeed, no matter where you’ve been or where you plan to go.

You can make a positive difference in the lives of children. From birth through eight years old, children need a strong foundation of support and knowledge to realize lifelong success. By becoming an early childhood educator, you can play a crucial role in child development and early learning.

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

Goodwin College offers a bachelor’s degree in Child Study as well as an associate degree in Early Childhood Education. At Goodwin College, you will gain invaluable real-world experience during your internship. Students in Goodwin College’s early childhood education programs have opportunities to receive experience at child care facilities across the state, as well as Goodwin College’s state-of-the-art Riverside Magnet School.

Careers for Early Childhood Professionals:

Associate degree:
  • Family Resource Worker
  • Infant and Toddler Teacher
  • Paraprofessional
  • School Readiness Teacher
Bachelor’s degree:
  • Child Advocate
  • Child Care Administrator
  • Child Care Teacher
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • Early Childhood Director

Flexible class schedules and financial aid options
Find out more about our flexible scheduling and career outcomes. Getting a great education means making an investment in your future; and our financial aid team is ready to work with you to make sure you find the grants, scholarships, and other aid you need to cover your college tuition.

Click for a detailed look at the complete curriculums for the Early Childhood Education associate degree or Child Study bachelor's degree program.

Looking to transfer credits?
We will evaluate any transfer credits you may have — usually in less than one business day with an unofficial transcript.

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Goodwin College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Consumer information about the College and its programs, including gainful employment data, is available here.

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.

The 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 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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