Early Childhood Education Pathway

11th and 12th Graders


Learn skills to establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment for young children while providing positive guidance. Focus on best practices in early childhood development and education. Students will have the opportunity to work with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in a practicum setting for 3 semesters to apply theories and techniques. Coursework also provides a strong foundation for those looking to continue to SCC or a 4-year college.

  • Tuition: $58.50 per credit hour. Scholarship opportunities available. No cost for students on free & reduced lunch
  • Books/Fees: Provided at no cost
  • Transportation: Provided at no cost from all home high schools
  • Session Options: 8:15-10:15 a.m. (1st year), 12:45-2:45 p.m. (2nd year)
  • Club Options: EdRising

Hear from Pathway Students

Possible Careers

  • Preschool Teacher
  • Infant/Toddler Caregiver
  • Professional Nanny
  • Elementary School Paraprofessional

Field Trips

  • Trinity Infant and Child Care Center
  • Ivy League Child Care Center
  • Indigo Bridge Books
  • Educare of Lincoln
  • NETV
  • Assemblage Art Gallery
  • Lincoln Children’s Museum
  • Dimensions Nature Explore Classroom
  • NETA conference
  • UNO
  • Morrill Hall

Guest Speakers

  • Julie Warford, Nebraska TEACH scholarship
  • Cara Lucas-Richt, Director of LPS Early Childhood
  • Stephanie Morrow, Gallup
Dual Credits Available
Year 1 Classes
Junior (or Senior if pathway is not full)
Year 2 Classes
Returning TCA Senior

First Semester

Second Semester

First Semester

Second Semester

ECED 1150 (3.0)
Intro to Early Childhood

ECED 1160 (3.0)
Early Language & Literacy

ECED 1015 (1.0)
Student Success

Weekly field trips and additional work time

ECED 1050 (3.0)
Expressive Arts

ECED 1060 (3.0)
Observation, Assessment & Guidance

ECED 1220 (1.0)

Weekly field trips and additional work time

ECED 1120 (2.0)
Preschool Child Development

ECED 1224 (3.0)
Preschool Math, Science & Social Studies Curriculum

ECED 1630 (1.0)
Preschool Practicum

ECED 1130 (3.0)
Social Emotional Development

ECED 1230 (2.0)
School Age Child Development & Programming

ECED 1640 (1.0)
School Age Practicum

Complete portfolio and senior graduation seminar

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Related Associate of Applied Science Degree Offered at SCC

AAS Degrees: Early Childhood Education or Academic Transfer
Certificates/Diploma: Early Childhood Education