Associate in Early Childhood Education

Gain in-demand skills in working with children through the Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education at Chatfield

Do you love working with kids and want to make a positive impact on your community?

Prepare for a career as an instructional assistant for grades PreK–3. Learn to create engaging activities and establish a safe learning environment.

Through your coursework, you’ll develop the knowledge and skills required for a multitude of professions, whether you want to run a childcare center, become a teacher, or work with children in other ways.

As an accredited program, Chatfield’s associate degree in early childhood education will give you the foundation to achieve a career working with children. After graduation, you can transfer to a four-year school for your bachelor’s degree.

No matter how you choose to use it, Chatfield’s associate degree in early childhood education will give you a degree that has a high value in the real world. Now more than ever, we need dedicated and educated people in childcare careers.

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Increase your earning potential with your AAS in early childhood education from Chatfield. For example, this degree will allow you to teach preschool — a job in which the median annual teaching associate salary in Ohio was $28,470 in 2020, according to, an official site of


Set yourself up for a successful career with an AAS in early childhood education from Chatfield. Through 2026, the need for childcare workers in Southwest Ohio is expected to grow by 7.1%, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.


If you’d like to earn your bachelor’s degree after you finish your associate education at Chatfield, you’re in luck: 72% of Chatfield graduates go on to four-year schools after graduation.

Experience the Chatfield difference

Complete your degree in as little as two years

By attending full-time for two years, you can have your degree in early childhood education. Need more time? No problem. You can take classes as they fit your life. 

Give yourself career options for your future

Through our AAS in Early Childhood Education, Chatfield will help you achieve your personal goals, explore your career options, or transfer to a four-year school.

Create a better future for yourself and area youth

Preschool teachers and childcare workers help develop the building blocks of learning in young ones. An AAS in Early Childhood Education from Chatfield creates the foundation to prepare for a career working in a school, care center, or even a private residence.

Small classes, big experiences

When you work toward your associate in early childhood education at Chatfield, you will learn inside classrooms with about 10 undergraduate students. This encourages more one-on-one time with your instructors for teaching and guidance that is tailored to you.

Help when you need it

We know college can be overwhelming, especially when it’s been a while since you’ve been in a classroom. Rest assured that while earning your AAS in Early Childhood Education, you will have individualized support to help you, including free tutoring, one-on-one advising, a mentoring program, and more.

Financial aid and scholarships

Are you worried about how you will pay for your associate education? You aren’t alone. Our admissions team will connect you with financial aid and college scholarships.

Flexibility that fits your life

Are you juggling a lot of responsibilities? Then you, especially, need an associate education with flexibility. At Chatfield, some classes are offered online and in-person at our St. Martin and Cincinnati campuses.

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You are welcome at Chatfield

While Chatfield is a nonprofit college with Catholic roots, you are welcome and accepted here, no matter your faith or background. Chatfield College was founded years ago to provide a quality liberal arts education, and we continue that tradition today with undergraduate programs such as our AAS in early childhood education.

Chatfield College’s other associate degree programs

In addition to Chatfield’s associate in early childhood education program, you might also be interested in the following:

Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts

Associate of Applied Science in Human Services

Additional resources

Learn more about careers in early childhood education

With an AAS in early childhood education from Chatfield, you’ll open the door to several career opportunities.

Qualifications to work in early childhood education

Your associate in early childhood education degree can help you stand out in the childcare and daycare workforce.

How much can you make as a teaching paraprofessional? 

With an AAS in early childhood education, you can become more marketable in the field.

How to become a teacher

The AAS in Early Childhood Education is a great way to qualify to become an instructional assistant, preschool teacher, etc. Learn how the AAS can help you start your career in education.