Early Childhood Professional

Business and Public Service Careers

About the Career

Early childhood professionals work in a variety of settings for children ages birth through eight years, including child care centers, Head Start centers, family child care homes, morning preschool programs, after-school programs, programs for children with special needs, summer camp programs, private schools, and public schools.  In addition, early childhood professionals also work with home visitation programs, parenting programs, and early intervention programs. For students already working in a child care or early education setting, opportunities may be available for Teacher education and Compensation Helps (TEACH) scholarships and other bonus incentives. Early childhood professionals work in partnership with families to create a nurturing environment, respectful of culture, and rich in experiences to promote the optimal growth and development of each child.

Academic Programs

Early Care and Education

This program focuses on child growth and development, health and safety, curriculum, family engagement, guidance, and offers hands-on experience in a variety of nationally accredited child care and early education facilities.

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Early Childhood Development

Focuses on how to build language and literacy rich environments, appropriate math and science skills, an inquiry based approach to learning about the world, and safe, healthy environments which promote the emotional and social well-being of children.

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Infant, Toddler

This program is for the early childhood professional who works with or is interested in working with children from birth through two years of age.

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Special Needs

Students will receive the skills and resources to work with children with differing abilities from birth through age eight in either an inclusive classroom setting or an exclusive special needs classroom.

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Projected Job Growth


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Average Annual Salary


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Academic students are taking courses for credit toward a degree, certificate, or diploma. They can earn a degree, certificate, or diploma at MTC or transfer to another school to complete their studies. Academic students must apply to and enroll at the college.

Academic Programs


Training students—sometimes called "Continuing Education" students—can take individual courses or earn certificates and certifications. They don't have to apply to the college; they can register directly for classes. Training courses don't earn college credit or transfer to other institutions.

Training Programs