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Early Childhood Education Professional Preparation


The School of Education at Montgomery College provides a wide range of coursework as well as several degree options in the field of Early Childhood education.

EC3Entry level students can take EDUC 135 (ED 120) Child Development and EDUC 136 (ED 121) Curriculum Planning to earn the 90 Hour Course required by the State of Maryland for most child care center staff. Courses are also available to earn the 45 Hour Course in both Infant and Toddler Development and Curriculum EDUC 153 (ED 123) and School Aged Child Care EDUC 154 (ED 124).

Additional courses can be added to this foundation for further professional development on the way to a One Year Certificate in Early Childhood from Montgomery College.Students who participated in the Child Development programs in Montgomery County Public Schools may be eligible to articulate credit in EDUC 135 (ED 120), EDUC 136 (ED 121) and possibly EDUC 233 (ED 122) via portfolio review. Contact Prof. Sonia Pruneda-Hernandez for more information, or see related information ECE Earning Credits.


The Associate of Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) in Early Childhood is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as a program designed to meet degree requirements for center directors and lead staff. The program outline (pdf - 45 kb) provides the courses needed for the degree, and the Majors Checklist for Early Childhood (pdf - 87 kb) helps students in the program make sure they stay on course for graduation.

Planning to teach kindergarten or higher?  See the information on the Early Childhood Associate of Arts in Teaching on our Teacher Education Transfer page. 

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