Welcome to Lakeland Community College's early childhood education department. Our goal is to prepare early childhood teachers with the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to provide developmentally appropriate care for young children. Upon completion, eligible graduates may apply for Pre-K Associate Teacher Licensure by the Ohio Department of Education and teaching positions in the community.

The program also provides students with the skills for employment as family child care providers and to work with children with special needs.

Accreditation and Learning Outcomes

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education at Lakeland Community College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children ( The accreditation term runs from October 2016 through July 2022.

View program outcome data here.

Professional Development

Training is available to child care centers, preschools, and other early educational programs in Northeast Ohio. Courses are offered days and evenings to fulfill in-service training requirements.


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