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. The certificate program is designed for students who are already working or want to enter the workforce as soon as possible. The program requirements allow students to graduate faster than those pursuing the A.A.S. degree. 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.
*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.
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.
Wondering how you’re going to pay for college? At OTC, we believe that cost shouldn’t be a barrier to earning a degree. Our staff will work with you to make a financial plan. To browse the resources available to you, see paying for college.