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A bachelor's degree for local residents who love working with young children and want a career as an early childhood education professional is available under the partnership between Lower Columbia College and Concordia University.

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

For those who want to make a positive impact in the lives of young children, a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education can be the next step in your professional journey. From birth through age five, children acquire the basic capabilities that prepare them for later success. Your specialized skills – and caring heart – can make a world of difference to children in these formative years. At Concordia, we believe that every child is unique and capable, and that childhood should be a time of wonder and promise. This program focuses on the whole child and is designed to help bridge the period from the preschool years to elementary school.

Students can complete their first two years of coursework at Lower Columbia College, followed by upper division courses through Concordia - without commuting to Portland. Instead, junior and senior classes are offered through online instruction.

The bachelor's degree satisfies the Head Start Reauthorization Act of 2007 that at least 50% of Head Start teachers have a baccalaureate degree in early childhood education by September 2014.

"This is an exciting time to begin a career in early childhood education."
--Ann Williams, LCC Education Instructor

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Who Should Consider This Degree?

If you are a current or recent education student at LCC, this program could be a perfect fit.

The program offers an ideal opportunity for Head Start workers who need to obtain a bachelor’s degree, as well as for childcare workers, preschool teachers or others with an interest in teaching young children.

Of course, you will also need to genuinely love working with children, exhibit high ethical standards, welcome diversity, and want to positively influence the lives of young people!

As the importance of early childhood education grows, so will the requirements for bachelor's level degrees and your opportunities to improve the lives of the youngest learners, setting them on a course for a life-long love of learning.


Degree for Early Childhood Educators Offered Through LCC Partnership, February 14, 2011