Early Childhood Development - Associate of Applied Science

This program trains students to work in early childhood education or a related field. Quality of care contributes to children’s development, and an educated staff is the link between positive programs and early growth. Early childhood programs continue to grow, while a shortage of qualified workers means opportunities abound for those with a focused degree. OTC students have the unique opportunity to gain experience at the OTC Early Childhood Education Center. Students will also choose one of two options to specialize their coursework. Option A will train students to integrate math and science into their curriculum. Option B is designed for students interested in working with children who have special conditions such as autism or sensory challenges. Program graduates can find positions at preschools, childcare centers, religious programs, recreational centers and other related organizations.

Note: Students must register with the Family Care Safety Registry and successfully pass the background screening prior to beginning a practicum requirement. Students will also need verification of a TB test and/or TB Risk Assessment signed by medical personnel.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Help children develop a life-long love of learning
Study at on-site education labs
Teach at or direct education centers and programs
Strengthen their credentials

Program Snapshot

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Out-of-district Tuition: Click Here
Credits: 63*
Average Length: 2.6 Years
Average Salary: $20,730*
Graduation Retention Rate: 67%*

Possible Careers

Childcare worker
Preschool teacher
Childcare center director
Special education teacher
Developmental specialist

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Required Courses
credit hours
General Education

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Marilyn Madden
Early Childhood Development Department Chair


Admission to Ozarks Technical Community College is open to all individuals who can benefit from its educational programs. A focus of the college mission is on the academic, career and personal goals of the student. OTC may admit you as a First-Time student just completing their high school, GED or HiSET requirements or as a Transfer student coming from another institution finishing up a certificate or degree. For more information, visit OTC Admissions.

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