Early Childhood Education

If you want to make a difference in the lives of young children and families, Salina Tech’s Early Childhood Education program is the place to start.

Through a combination of classroom learning and practice in local child care facilities, students will have an opportunity to learn about infant and toddler care, how to interact with young children, childhood nutrition, pre-school language and literacy, teaching children with special needs and more.

The program includes a variety of options, including a focus in Infant and Toddler Education, a focus on Pre- School Education, or combining the two for a certification in Early Childhood Education. Building on that foundation, students can also earn an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education.

Research shows that the years before kindergarten are among the most important
in determining future outcomes, and graduates of Salina Tech’s Early Childhood
Education program will be improving lives for years to come.

Degree Earned Program Cost Expected Salary
Technical Certificate A – Infant & Toddler $4,261 $30,000
Technical Certificate A – Preschool $4,651 $30,000
Technical Certificate B $7,381 $30,000
Associates Degree $12,134


  • Recognize the developmental stages of early childhood development.

  • Learn to integrate the appropriate skills and strategies for young children with special needs’ education and care.

  • Apply techniques and methods for educating in areas of social, emotional, language, literacy, cognitive, motor, and creativity.

  • Build relationships that support children and their families in the community

  • Focus on the developmental needs through nutrition, health, and safety

  • Gain observation skills, plan developmentally appropriate lesson plans, and have hands-on opportunities to assist with young children


  • Childcare Centers: Infant-Toddler / Preschool

  • Home Childcare Provider

  • Early Head Start/Head Start

  • Teacher’s Assistant

  • Early Childhood Educator



Contact the ECE Enrollment Specialist with any questions or information regarding admissions requirements.

Irma Diaz