Enrich your career possibilities at COTC
The Early Childhood Education Technology at COTC prepares students for rewarding careers as professional lead and assistant teachers of children birth through preschool ages and as assistant teachers in the public school setting. Career possibilities can include program or center-based administrators, owners or managers.
The curriculum prepares students to:
Apply for Pre-K Associate Licensure through the Ohio Department of Education
Successfully Complete Ohio Assessments for Educators and ECE-290 ECE Student Teaching Field
Assume preschool teaching positions
Prepare to transfer to a four-year institution
Obtain recertification for ODE Licensure
The most rewarding part of careers in education comes from the success of your students themselves and the knowledge that you played a role in that success. Early Childhood Education career growth is 25% higher than the national average based on an increased focus in early childhood education and a growing population of children ages 3 to 5. Many courses meet the Child Development Associate (CDA) area contact hours for CDA certification.
The COTC Education program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children Associate Degree Early Childhood Programs. The program is also approved by OBR for ODE Pre-kindergarten Associate Licensure.
Upon completion, graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education Technology. An increasing number of COTC graduates transfer to a bachelor’s degree teacher education program after completing their associate degree at COTC. Local teacher education programs that work with COTC for ease of transfer credit applicability include Muskingum College, Ashland University and The Ohio State University. Also, the University of Cincinnati offers an online bachelor’s program in child development, and the University of Toledo offers an online bachelor’s program in early childhood education.
Early Childhood Development Advisory Group
Andrea Dickerson, COTC ECE Adjunct Instructor and Teaching Careers Instructor, C-Tec
Barbara Smith, Center Owner and Director, Adventures in Learning, Newark
Beth Rutter, COTC ECE Adjunct Instructor
Carol Copenhefer, COTC Professor
Carol Fuller, COTC ECE Adjunct Instructor, Delaware Area Career Center
Casey Hoeflich, Child Development Coordinator, Knox County Head Start
Christina Wythe, COTC ECE Program Graduate and Center Owner, Absolute Love Learning Center, Mt. Vernon
Cindy Andrews, COTC ECE Program Graduate and Center Owner, Creative Minds Learning Center, Heath
Kelley Gaynier, COTC ECE Adjunct Instructor, EMRC Coordinator, COTC
Kristin Ream, Preschool Director, Licking County Family YMCA
Linda Miller, Retired Head Start Director, Retired COTC ECE Adjunct Instructor, LEADS Head Start and COTC
Megan Grimm, COTC ECE Adjunct Instructor, Coshocton County Career Center
Nancy Nagle, Retired Kindergarten Teacher, Coshocton County School
Regina Williams, Retired COTC Program Director
Staci Smith, COTC ECE Adjunct Instructor
Teri Brannum, Early Head Start Education Manager, Coshocton County Head Start
Teri Peasley, Early Childhood Faculty, Ohio University
Tracee Hatfield, Head Start Education Manager, Coshocton County Head Start
Tracy Stainer, COTC ECE Program Graduate and Center Owner, Kids Garden Childcare Center, Mt. Vernon