Early Childhood Development

Did you know that 90% of brain development happens before age 5? Is your goal to make a difference in the lives of young children and their families? Ensure a good start in life? Do you want to work with or teach young children aged birth to 8?

The Early Childhood Programs at Virginia Western Community College will qualify you for the following roles in early childhood education: program director, assistant director, teacher, assistant teacher, or teacher’s aids in programs for young children.

Students who complete the AAS degree are also eligible for transfer into select teacher education programs at 4-year schools designed for licensure pre-k-3rd grade.

Begin your journey today to a career that will make a difference for today’s children and families.

Students interested in obtaining teacher licensure should follow the AS in Social Sciences with a specialization in Education.

Note: Depending on the field placement site, the student may be responsible for additional fees of up to $75 for background check, TB testing, and drug screening.

Related Programs

Transfer Agreements

Students that graduate from Virginia Western with an associate degree and a minimum grade point average may obtain GUARANTEED admission to more than 30 of the commonwealth’s colleges and universities. Please see this list for copies of the current agreements.

In addition, Virginia Western has entered into the following agreement specific to the Early Childhood Development program. This list is subject to change, and the most current agreements can be found on our Transfer Agreements page.


Est. Tuition*: $
Credits: 63 Hours
Time: 2 Years

*Estimated cost reflects in-state rate and is subject to change


The cost of attendance is an estimate of the costs a student may have while at Virginia Western.

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Mailing address:
School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
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Roanoke, VA 24015


Dr. Annette Chamberlin
Professor, History
Professor, Sociology

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A.S. – Virginia Western Community College
B.A. – Roanoke College
M.A. – Virginia Tech
M.B.A. – Averett University
Ph.D. – Virginia Tech