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.

Course Titles Credit Hours
Total Credit Hours 94
COM 214 Public Speaking 4
CSC 118 Computer Applications I 4
ECE 104 Introduction to Child Care 4
ECE 114 Infant Care 4
ECE 121 Externship I 2
ECE 123 Safety and Nutrition 4
ECE 124 Growing Child I 4
ECE 131 Externship II 2
ECE 133 Health 4
ECE 141 Externship III 2
ECE 142 Community Enrichment 4
ECE 144 Growing Child II 4
ECE 152 Creative Enrichment 4
ECE 164 Family Systems 4
ECE 194 Child Care Professional Development 4
ECE 201 Special Needs, Evaluation and Assessment 4
ECE 202 Child Care Administration I 4
ECE 203 Child Care Administration II 4
ECE 211 Externship IV 2
ECE 212 Externship V 2
ENG 101 Composition I 4
ENG 102 Composition II 4
FYE 101 Information Literacy 4
MTH 101 College Mathematics 4
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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