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Early Childhood Development


Graduates are employed as:

  • Child care facility owners and directors
  • Child care center directors
  • Head Start teachers
  • Infant/toddler teachers
  • Preschool teachers
  • Assistant teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Arkansas Better Chance preschool paraprofessionals

Graduates completing the associate degree may also continue on to a Bachelor of Science degree through a partnership with the University of Central Arkansas.


  • Graduates completing the associate degree in Early Childhood Development will have the skills to enrich the lives of young children. An associate degree and two certificate options are available in this program.

NAEYC Early Childhood Association Degree Accreditation

  • Students gain practical laboratory experience working with young children at the on-site, nationally-accredited Earle Love Child Study Center.
  • The Early Childhood Development Student Organization awards a scholarship to an outstanding student in the program each semester.


  • Students need good written and oral communication skills.
  • Students should enjoy working with young children.
  • Students required to take remedial courses must follow the UACCM Student Success Plan.
  • Students should take classes when first offered as some classes are only offered certain semesters.


  • Clean criminal background check
  • Clean child maltreatment check
  • FBI background check (if an Arkansas resident for less than six years)
  • Some courses require recent influenza immunization and TB test.

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