Early Childhood Development

The early childhood development degree provides professional development for individuals entering or presently employed in child care charged with the care, development and education of young children. This program also provides the foundation for transfer into a bachelor’s degree program for child care professionals and potential pre-kindergarten through Grade 3 teachers. Possible occupations for graduates include program teachers and teaching assistants, leaders, supervisors or directors in child development programs.

Associate of Applied Science Degree
2 Years (4 Full-Time Semesters)

Program Information and Curriculum


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Tuition and Funding Options

Tuition rates for this program are approximately one-third the cost of attending a four-year college or university in Virginia. Compare savings now!

An estimated $15.2 million dollars in grants, loans, work-study and scholarships are awarded to Laurel Ridge Community College students each year. We are committed to using all available funds to help you gain access to a college education.

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Transfer Statement

Earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education (AAS) at Laurel Ridge Community College and transfer to James Madison University to complete a Bachelor Degree in Independent Study with a concentration in Early Childhood (BIS). View details here.


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