Birth through Fourth Grade

Make a difference in the lives of young children and work in an early intervention or preschool setting.

With our Education in the Early Years: Birth through Fourth Grade associate degree you can save money and earn transferrable college credits while learning firsthand whether early childhood education is for you. 

Program outcomes
  • Identify typical and atypical milestones in child development;
  • Assess the appropriateness of early literacy opportunities in early childhood environments;
  • Create curricula and environments that are cognitively, physically and social-emotionally appropriate for children’s ages and needs;
  • Communicate effectively with young children, their parents, and peers;
  • Design activities that promote positive school-family-community relationships;
  • Collaborate with teachers to create learning opportunities that meet the needs of all students.

After earning your Associate of Arts, you can work in preschool, pre-kindergarten, child care and early intervention programs. If you hold a grade point of average of 3.0 and pass required reading, writing and math exams, you also can transfe to a four-year institution and complete your education studies. Our program includes both general and professional education courses related to the development and teaching of children through grade four.


The Education in the Early Years: Birth through Fourth Grade degree program at Montgomery County Community College has earned Accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation. Additional information about the NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation can be obtained by contacting the organization directly at 1313 L Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20005 | (202) 232-8777 | (800) 424-2460 |

Clearances for Education Courses

In order for you to participate in certain education courses and to observe classrooms, tutor students, etc., you will need to have background checks done. So that you have your clearances when classes begin, you should apply early for these screenings.

Program Curriculum

General Education Requirements
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
MAT 103 Foundations of Mathematics I 3
HIS 203 or HIS 205 History of U.S. to 1877 or History of U.S. from 1877 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
CMS 110 or CMS 120 Speech Communication or Public Speaking 3
Elective Aesthetic Sensbility Elective*** 3
MAT 104 or MAT 106 Foundations of Mathematics II or Mathematics Applications* 3
Elective Scientific Reasoning Elective*** 4


Major Requirements
EDU 100 Introduction to Education** 3
EDU 210 Teaching Young Children 3
EDU 213 Working with Children with Special Needs 3
EDU 225 Guiding Children's Reading 3
EDU 228 Literature in Early Childhood & Elementary Education 3
EDU 233 Early Childhood Curriculum 3
EDU 240 Teaching English Language Learners 3
EDU 245 Connecting Families, Schools and Communities 3
EDU 250 Student Teaching** 6
EDU Elective EDU 120, EDU 226, EDU 227 or EDU 229 3
PSY 200 Child Psychology 3
Total Program Credits: 61


*Students planning to transfer to Temple University should take MAT 106 to meet its requirements. All other students should take MAT 104.

**Check for required clearances for Education courses. Students must obtain updated clearances and are recommended to become CPR certified before beginning EDU 250.

***Elective should be chosen based on transfer institution.