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 to apply theories and techniques.

Student Experience & Projects

Students will build upon classroom curriculum with participation in events such as book drives, Kids Against Hunger, hospital quilts, chemo caps, children’s museum costumes, Educare partnership, community service events, children’s health screenings, service learning projects, job shadows, summer camps, internships, career fairs, Mom’s Day Out program, Bright Lights aide, kindergarten screening, workbased learning at preschool centers, etc.

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

Recommended Classes to Take at Your Home High School

Recommended pre-TCA courses to take at your home high school

Highly Recommended: Infant/Toddler –OR– Intro to Early Childhood (Criminal background check and DHHS child and adult abuse registry check required)
Encouraged: Lifespan Development –OR– Infant/Toddler –OR– Preschool/School Age

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

Weekly field trips and additional work time

ECED 1050 (3.0)
Expressive Arts

ECED 1060 (3.0)
Observation, Assessment & Guidance

Weekly field trips and additional work time

ECED 1120 (2.0)
Preschool Child Development

ECED 1220 (1.0)

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

Additional high school courses taken at TCA to meet graduation requirements

(Students earn 30 LPS credits per year toward the 245 LPS credits required for graduation).

Year 1 Classes Year 2 Classes

First Semester

Second Semester

First Semester

Second Semester

11th LPS
Government and Politics
(5 LPS credits)

11th LPS
(5 LPS credits)

Senior English Seminar
(10 LPS credits)

Course completed over two semesters earning 5 credits each semester

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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