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Metropolitan Community College Early Childhood Education Program

Early Childhood Education & Development

Program Overview

MCC Campus(s): MCC-Penn Valley
Program Coordinator: Meghan Nichols 816.604.4029

The Early Childhood Education and Development Department (ECED) at MCC-Penn Valley is recognized as a leader in providing comprehensive education for aspiring early childhood and youth development professionals. ECED offers college credit courses at the Penn Valley campus delivered in flexible ways to accommodate professionals entering or already working in the field.

Courses are offered in 8, 12 and 16 sessions, on ground, hybrid and online. See our FAQ for more information and feel free to contact the department with any questions.

To Apply

This program, which leads to either an Associate in Applied Science degree or a certificate, prepares students for jobs in child care. Requirements for the degree and certificate are listed below.

To be admitted to the program, students must complete the following application process:

  1. Complete the MCC admissions process.
  2. Complete a background check by going to Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Family Care Safety Registry.
  3. Attend the New Student Orientation

Every student in the ECED program should be aware that the Missouri State Board of Education may refuse to issue or renew, or may suspend or revoke a certificate of license to teach if an individual has pleaded or been found guilty of a felony or crime involving moral turpitude whether or not sentence is imposed; upon evidence that the certificate was obtained by fraud, deception, misrepresentation or bribery; upon evidence of incompetence, immorality or neglect of duty; or if the certificate holder is subject to discipline in another state.