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Child Care/Early Childhood Education | Print |

This career program provides high school juniors and seniors with the background and proChild Carefessional competencies necessary for employment in the field of early childhood care and 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 Jefferson County.
High school seniors may wish to continue their education in Early Childhood Education.  In which case, upon graduation from Jefferson College students will be prepared for employment in a variety of settings including preschools, day care centers, school-age child care centers, residential centers, public schools (as classroom assistants), and recreation centers.  

A substantial number of transfer credits will be earned for those students who later decide to pursue an education degree at a senior institution. 

All participants in the Child Care/Early Childhood Education degree and certificate programs must meet all current regulations for personnel regarding health and child abuse/neglect screening mandated by the Missouri Division of Health Day Care Licensing Agency.

Benefits of the program:

  • Learn what interests you!
  • Hands-on training!
  • Earn free college credit and high school credit at the same time!
  • Begin college degree while still in high school!
  • Graduate from High School with Career Skills that help you obtain a great job!
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion presented in a Career Portfolio!

Is the Early Childhood Educations Program at the ATS right for you?

  • Are you a hard worker?
  • Are you interested in learning more about the subject?
  • Do you have a GPA of at least 2.0 at your high school?
  • Do you have a good attendance record?
  • Do you have a desire to excel and be successful?

If so, see your High School Counselor as soon as possible to obtain an application to join us!

Requirements for High School Enrollment:

Students must be currently enrolled as a junior or senior in high school. The student should have both effective written and oral communication skills.

The student will have a higher probability of success if the following courses have been taken in high school:

  • Family & Consumer Science
  • Health
  • Child Development

These courses 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 program.

Year One of the Early Childhood Education Program:

  • Intro to Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Lab

Year Two of the Early Childhood Education Program:

  • Childhood Health, Nutrition & Saftey
  • Early Childhood Practicum I
  • Early Childhood Practicum II

After the successful completion of the two year Early Childhood Education curriculum, Area Technical School students may earn 13 hours of college level credit.

Salary data for Early Childhood Educators:

Average:            $10.81/hr.

Range:            $8.24 - $20.01/hr.

Jefferson College graduates have been or are currently employed with:

  • Bright Beginnings
  • KinderKare
  • DeSoto Day Care
  • Lonedell Elementary School
  • Fox School District
  • Mustard Seed Preschool
  • Head Start R-7 School District
  • Wee Care
  • Stay and Play
  • Jefferson College Child Development Center 

Christy Cornelius

Title: Professor

Office: ASII 406

Extension: 3332

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Christy Cornelius received her Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and her Certification in Preschool/Kindergarten Education from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. She received her M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education from Webster University in St. Louis. She has completed additional coursework at Central Missouri State University and Southeast Missouri State University. Ms. Cornelius has additional certification in Career & Technical Education. She earned the Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award in 1999.

Laniece Wagner

Title: Assistant Professor

Title: Assistant Professor

Office: TC 315A

Extension: 3462

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Laniece Wagner earned an Associate of Arts degree from East Central College, a Bachelor of Science in Education from Southwest Missouri State University, and a Master of Education from the University of Missouri - St. Louis.  She has completed additional coursework through Southeast Missouri State University.  Ms. Wagner holds a teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Human/Child/Support Adult.  Before teaching in the Early Childhood and Elementary Education programs at Jefferson college, she taught kindergarten for 10 years.

For more information…                        

    • Phone:  636-481-3498 or 636-797-3000, ext. 3498.
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 January 2013 )
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