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

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.