Sullivan University is not currently enrolling new students for our Early Childhood Education programs. For more information, please contact admissions at admissions@sullivan.edu.

The Early Childhood Education program focuses on skills involving the provision of high quality education for young children in a formal child care setting. You will also be exposed to business administration, childcare management and employee supervision. Graduates will be prepared to teach young children in an early childhood environment, move into management positions within child care establishments, or open and manage their own facility.

Sullivan’s course of study includes the classes required for the Kentucky Director’s Credential, which recognizes leadership among childcare professionals and is awarded to each student upon graduation. This credential enables Sullivan’s Early Childhood Education graduates to direct and/or own their own childcare center. Another benefit of Sullivan’s program is its Hire a Nanny program, which pairs graduates with employers.


The Early Childhood Education Associate Degree focuses on teaching:

  • Child development from birth through adolescence
  • Teaching young children
  • Safety
  • Nutrition and health skills and concepts as they pertain to child and human development
  • Special needs education terminology
  • Creating and operating a child development center
  • Traveling with children
  • Interacting with families
  • Communication with children and parents
  • Creating learning environments
  • Current practices
  • Laws and licensing standards in early childhood education

You will earn your Kentucky Director Credential after completion of the program, and you’ll earn 300 clock hours working directly with children and families.


94 Credit Hours
Length: 18 months

Time length for program completion will vary depending upon the number of courses taken per term, developmental courses when required, transfer credit accepted, lack of continuous enrollment, etc.

CourseTitlesCredit Hours
Total Credit Hours94
COM 214Public Speaking4
CSC 118Computer Applications I4
ECE 104Introduction to Child Care4
ECE 114Infant Care4
ECE 121Externship I2
ECE 123Safety and Nutrition4
ECE 124Growing Child I4
ECE 131Externship II2
ECE 133Health4
ECE 141Externship III2
ECE 142Community Enrichment4
ECE 144Growing Child II4
ECE 152Creative Enrichment4
ECE 164Family Systems4
ECE 194Child Care Professional Development4
ECE 201Special Needs, Evaluation and Assessment4
ECE 202Child Care Administration I4
ECE 203Child Care Administration II4
ECE 211Externship IV2
ECE 212Externship V2
ENG 101Composition I4
ENG 102Composition II4
FYE 101Information Literacy4
MTH 101College Mathematics4
General Studies Electives ( 8 Additional Credit Hours)8
Students must choose two additional General Education classes, including a psychology course from the Social/Behavioral Sciences category and one from the Humanities/Fine Arts category. These classes are in addition to the required General Education classes listed in the program.

*Courses subject to change.


Sullivan University is not currently enrolling new students for our Early Childhood Education programs. For more information, please contact admissions at admissions@sullivan.edu.

  • I was drawn to [Sullivan’s] program because there was so much hands-on learning. It made me excited about attending the program before I had even enrolled. I loved being able to work with kids in different environments. We were able to do in home, in school, and in daycare externships. I have been a nanny on and off since I graduated in 2004 and having a degree definitely sets you apart from others applying for the same position. I was also able to earn a position as an assistant director at an ECE center because I had a degree! The one thing that I have knowledge of that some people don’t is NAEYC. We are taught the requirements for NAEYC certification in school and that is a plus when applying for a position with a center that has that certification.

    Erika Pouch Professional Nanny Diploma and Early Childhood Education Associate Degree Graduate

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