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Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education Technology


The early childhood education technology associate degree 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. One of the most rewarding parts of a career in education comes from the success your students achieve and the knowledge that you played a role in that success!

Why choose COTC?

License/Credentialing Eligibility

  • Students can obtain contact hours to apply for a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.
  • Students in the early childhood education technology program can obtain Pre-Kindergarten Associate licensure through the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).
  • Students in the early childhood education technology program can obtain recertification for ODE licensure.

Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can I complete the early childhood education technology associate degree?

Students can complete an early childhood education technology associate degree in two years taking classes full-time.

Students who attend full time take five classes per semester. Students attending full time will complete quicker than students who attend part time (and take less than five classes per semester).

Students who hold an existing Child Development Associate (CDA) credential may be eligible for prior learning college credit, which may allow a student to complete an associate degree quicker. Students with a CDA credential will assessed for college credit on a case by case basis. 

Are there any requirements to study early childhood education technology at COTC?

Yes, students interested in studying early childhood education technology have to complete an Early Childhood Education Application Packet. As part of that packet, students are required to complete a background check and three (non-family) references. The packet is completed after completing the Steps to Enroll as a student at COTC. Also, help us learn more about you as a student by visiting our Future Students webpage. 

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the program I want to study?

The courses students need to take to complete an associate degree are listed in a plan of study. 

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

Most classes in the early childhood education technology program are face-to-face. Typically there is only one online course offering each semester in the early childhood education technology program, so students should anticipate coming to campus for classes. 

Can I pursue a bachelor’s degree after I complete an associate degree?

Local teacher education programs that work with COTC for ease of transfer credit applicability include:

What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for college? 

COTC awards $1 million in scholarships to students each year.

Every student is encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, scholarships and loans. 

Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for some scholarships. Other scholarships require an application. 

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email NWK-studentfinancialservices@mail.cotc.edu.

How do I get started at COTC?

Help us learn more about you by visiting our Future Students webpage, then follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started. 


Accreditation Information

National Accreditation 

  • The COTC Early Childhood Education Technology program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).NAEYC Accredited Logo