Apr 19, 2024  
2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog

Early Childhood Educator (ECAS1)

Award: Associate in Applied Science Degree
Program Location: Learning Community of North Omaha

This degree prepares students for employment as an Early Childhood Educator or director in a variety of early childhood education settings that serve diverse populations in the state of Nebraska. Learning opportunities are centered on methodologies and current research in the field of Early Childhood. The courses provide a variety of field experiences to help the student be prepared for teaching in the Early Childhood field. Practicum courses include requirements for working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-agers, in addition to the student’s age choice for the final student teach practicum.

Individuals who are considering going into the field of early childhood education should be aware that Child Care Fingerprint Criminal History Check and background checks with the adult and child abuse registries are conducted before students can enter the program and participate in required field experiences that are required in each of the ECED courses. A criminal background investigation and checks of the child abuse/neglect, adult protective services and state patrol sex offender registries will be required of each student in the Early Childhood Education program. Based on the result of the criminal background and registry checks, a student may be prevented from taking courses, accessing field/practicum experiences, or completing the program. A nonrefundable fee of approximately $45 will be assessed to the student’s MCC student account for the criminal background and registry checks and the Child Care Fingerprint Criminal History Check is approximately $40 and students must pay this fee themselves

All courses in the Early Childhood Education program require field experience hours within early childhood education settings.

Recommended Program Map   

Click here  to see the recommended Program Map for this degree. Courses are listed by quarter to show the fastest path to your degree and should be completed in the order listed. If you are unable to complete all courses listed in a quarter, complete as many courses in this sequence as your schedule allows. If you have questions or concerns about your map, please call 531-622-2400.

Graduation Requirements
Major Requirements: 70.5
General Education: 22.5
Total credit hours required: 93.0

The following General Education courses are recommended for Early Childhood Educator (ECAS1): Critical Thinking/Creativity & Social/Cultural Awareness: PSYC 1120 ; and Professionalism/Life Skills & Information Literacy: HMRL 1010  


ECED 1221 , ECED 1222 , ECED 1240 , ECED 1241 , ECED 2090  or ECED 2091 : Students enrolling in practicums must complete an application and include all required documents. A separate application must be completed for each quarter for practicum. For more information visit the Early Childhood practicum website at mccneb.edu/Academic-Programs/Programs-of-Study/Social-Sciences/Early-Childhood-Education/Early-Childhood-Practicum.aspx. Students applying for practicum must have an accumulative 2.5 GPA in ECED courses.

Students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution need to select from the general education Transfer Course Options  and have an overall 2.5 GPA. Students considering transfer should see and maintain regular contact with an ECED full-time faculty instructor.

Associate in Applied Sciences General Education Requirements (22.5 credit hours)

The following are General Education requirements for an Associate in Applied Sciences degree (AAS). Students may not use the same course to satisfy more than one degree requirement.


1 Course     4.5 credit hrs.

Select 1 Level I course from the list of Communication General Education courses in the current course catalog.


1 Course     4.5 - 5.0 credit hrs. 

Please check your degree program for recommended Math course.

Select 1 college level math course from the list of General Education math courses in the current course catalog.

*Based on the Math course you select, pre-requisites may be required.

Critical Thinking/Creativity & Social/Cultural Awareness

1 Course     4.5 credit hrs.

Select 1course from the list of Humanities or Social Sciences General Education course options in the current course catalog. 


Scientific Inquiry

1 Course     4.5-6.0 credit hrs.   

Select 1 course from list of Natural or Social Science General Education courses in the current course catalog.


*Students choosing a Social Sciences course to satisfy the Scientific Inquiry requirement should take a Humanities course to satisfy the Critical Thinking/Creativity and Social/Cultural Awareness competency.

Professionalism/Life Skills & Information Literacy

1 Course     4.5

Select one of the following courses.