The Early Childhood Education Technology curriculum is a two-year discipline that requires a minimum of 70 semester hours of course work. These minimum course requirements are 20 semester hours of general education and 50 semester hours of Child Development and Guidance management courses. Successful completion of the Early Childhood Education Technology curriculum results in the student receiving an Associate in Applied Science degree.
This curriculum meets the National Association for the Education of Young Children Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation and the Mississippi Department of Education Benchmarks for Pre-Kindergarten (3 and 4 year olds). In addition, Jones County Junior College offers the opportunity for Early Childhood Education Technology students to meet the qualifications of a Child Care Director required by the Mississippi State Department of Health. A child care director shall be at least 21 years of age and shall have a minimum of a two-year associate degree from an accredited community or junior college in child development technology which must include a minimum of 480 hours of practical training, supervised by college instructors, in a college operated child care learning laboratory.
The Early Childhood Education Technology program has articulation agreements with selected accredited colleges and universities. Therefore, many of the early childhood credits earned are transferable. This offers a student the opportunity to pursue a higher degree in Early Childhood Education at one of the selected accredited colleges or universities.
- Four semesters
- Associate in Applied Science
Jones County Junior College is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.