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Learn more about Barton's Early Childhood Associate Apprenticeship Program

Why Barton?

  • Dedicated faculty with a passion for teaching and the process of learning
  • Cutting edge program ready to empower you to meet the demands and needs of today’s world
  • Hands-on curriculum that will allow you to start building the tools needed for the career field
  • State of Kansas Early Learning Standards are embedded in Barton’s curriculum
  • Professional development opportunities throughout the program, i.e. Child Education Fair, KAEYC, etc.
  • High quality online classes with qualified instructors
  • Technology in the classroom: Computer technology, interactive DVD’s, iPods, etc.
  • Complete teacher resource room available to all Early Childhood students
  • A hands-on, interactive, fun, play-based approach to learning with a purpose
  • Every day provides new and different learning opportunities
  • Watch and enjoy children learning through on-site practicum and internships
  • First hand infant, toddler and preschool sensory experiences

Job possibilities with two-year degree:

Paraprofessional in special education or Title 1 schools, professional nanny, family childcare provider, infant/toddler teacher, preschool teacher, Parents As Teacher educator, Head Start, after school program director, vacation or cruise ship children’s activity director

Job possibilities with four-year degree:

  • Early Childhood Unified teacher (Birth to 8 years regular or special education)
  • Head Start Teacher
  • Infant/Toddler or preschool special education teacher

Work Environment:
Children learn mainly through play and interactive activities. Teachers capitalize on children’s play to further language and vocabulary development, improve social skills, and introduce scientific and mathematical concepts. Thus, a less structured approach, including small-group lessons, one-on-one instruction, and learning through creative activities is adopted to teach children. The process of helping children grow, learn, and gain new skills is very rewarding. New activities, challenges and flexibility make each day important. Early childhood education prepares one both physically and emotionally to work constantly with children at their level while attending to their interests and needs.

Occupational Outlook:

  • Job prospects: There is a constant demand for highly qualified early childhood professionals. Qualified candidates who are interested in this line of work should gain employment easily.
  • Wage Information: Median annual earnings of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers ranged from $43,580 to $48,690 in May 2006; the lowest 10 percent earned $28,590 to $33,070; the top 10 percent earned $67,490 to $76,100. Median earnings for preschool teacher were $28,680.

Early Childhood Curriculum Guides

  • Face to face and online coursework to accommodate working schedules
  • Complete resource room available to create your career portfolio
  • State of Kansas Early Learning Standards embedded in coursework
  • College to University Agreements with multiple universities
  • Collaborate with Early Childhood Associate Apprenticeship Program and Industry
  • Practicum and Internship opportunities for qualified participants

Curriculum Guides

Curriculum Guides
Child Development (25 hours)

Associate in Applied Science (64 hour two-year non-transfer degree) 
Early Childhood (degree guide)
Early Childhood (semester guide)

Associate in Science 
If you plan to attend Barton and then transfer to a four-year school, please consult with your advisor regarding classes to take at Barton to help you in a smooth transition to your four-year transfer school.  Students should also contact the college/university to where they are transferring concerning degree requirements within the appropriate department or college.
Early Childhood Education (degree guide)
Early Childhood Education (semester guide)

Check out the bulletin of classes for a full listing of courses available.

College to University 
Barton has agreements with four year colleges that specifically direct your studies in certain programs for seamless transition from Barton to the transfer school.  Students should utilize the expertise of academic advisors on campus, as well as information gained by contacting colleges and universities concerning degree requirements within the appropriate departments or colleges

Fort Hays State University
Kansas State University