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Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Early Childhood is open to Juniors and Seniors, during both the A.M. & P.M.

This program provides students with the background and professional competencies necessary for employment in the field of early childhood care and elementary education. Instruction includes topics in child health, nutrition and safety, infant/toddler care, and principles of child growth and development. Additional laboratory experiences are provided with direct interaction with young children under qualified supervision in the campus Child Care Center or other approved sites within the county. This course of study also may lead to a career in teacher education for students desiring to obtain a teaching certificate from a four-year university. The student must be enrolled as a junior or senior in high school. Articulation agreements with the University of Missouri St. Louis and Missouri Baptist University allow for the high school senior to transfer credits to these institutions towards a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and/ or Elementary Education.

Recommended High School Courses:

  • Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Health
  • Child Development

These are not established as pre-requisites. Students that have been successful in any of these courses have historically demonstrated a higher degree of success in this career education program.

Estimated Course/Materials Requirements:
Students will be required to purchase a minimum of one program shirt to be worn in labs. A student can purchase additional shirts and/or hoody. The approximate cost of a shirt is $10.00 and a hoodie is $16.00. A Missouri Highway Background Check may also be required at a cost of $11.00.

For more information on this program, please contact any of the following:

Your high school guidance counselor

Amanda McCarty, ATS Recruiter and Placement Coordinator

amccarty@jeffco.edu or (636)481-3498

OR the program instructors:

Christy Cornelius

ccorneli@jeffco.edu or (636)481-3332

Laniece Wagner

lwagner@jeffco.edu or (636)481-3462