What You’ll Learn

The Early Childhood Education degree will prepare you to work primarily in public and private schools (pre-K-3), childcare centers, or in early intervention programs. The main scope of preparation is ages 3-8yrs, although courses and some field experiences introduce you to an earlier developmental range.

Our program is designed to meet the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines for initial certification at four-year institutions.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our program are successful in not only obtaining positions following graduation, but fully qualified to be successful in those positions.

The Columbia College Difference

With an emphasis on attaining professionalism, the following traits are hallmarks of the Columbia College Early Childhood Education program:

  • Life-long learning
  • Reflective practice
  • Collaboration in the learning community
  • Caring, ethical behavior
  • Respect for diversity
  • Advocacy for young children

Additional Course Options


As an Early Childhood Education major, you will complete the required coursework for Elementary Education certification during this program. Coursework in additional areas of certification, to include Special Education, are also available.


While this program is available in the evening, you must have enough work flexibility to be able to complete field requirements during the day, including Directed Teaching, which is a 64-day, full-time, in-school experience.

Early Childhood Education is recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the South Carolina Department of Education.