Early Childhood Education

Letter Blocks Logo[A55220G] Associate in Applied Science Degree
[A55220TL] Early Childhood Education - Transfer with Licensure
[A55220TNL] Early Childhood Education - Transfer with No Licensure
[D55220] Diploma
[C55220] Certificate
[C55290] Infant/Toddler Care Certificate
[C55850] Early Childhood Administration Certificate

The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from birth through age eight in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.

Course work includes child growth and development; physical/nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communication skills with parents and children. Students will foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional, and creative development of young children.

Graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in early childhood settings. Employment opportunities include child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start Programs, and school-age programs.

Graduates of the Transfer with Licensure and Transfer with No Licensure programs, who have earned 60 semester hours in approved transfer courses with a grade of “C” or better and an overall GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, will receive at least 60 semester hours of academic credit upon admission to a UNC institution.

English Placement Testing will be required for all EDU courses, except EDU 119.

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD CREDENTIALS TRACK FOR STATE CERTIFICATES

Under the credentials track, there are three options, depending upon the need of the student:

  • In order to meet the minimum North Carolina credential requirements to teach in a childcare center, students must take EDU 119 (Early Childhood Education).
  • In order to meet the minimum North Carolina School-Age credential requirements, students must take EDU 145 (Child Development I) and EDU 235 (School-Age Development). EDU 144 is not a prerequisite for EDU 145.
  • Early Childhood Administration Credential I & II - Completion of these courses will meet the minimum credential requirement to be a director of a childcare center. Note: EDU 119 is required as either a prerequisite or a corequisite.

 

CERTIFICATE, DIPLOMA, AND DEGREE TRACKS

Early Childhood certificates may be obtained in three areas - Early Childhood Education Certificate (16 semester hours of academic credit), Infant/Toddler Care Certificate (16 semester hours of academic credit), and Early Childhood Administration Certificate (16 semester hours of academic credit).

The Early Childhood Education diploma may be obtained by taking 13 courses, earning a total of 38 semester hours of academic credit.

The Early Childhood Education degree may be earned in two years as a full-time day student or in three years as a part-time evening student. Degree students earn 69 or 70 hours of academic credit.

The Early Childhood Education Transfer with Licensure and Transfer with No Licensure degree tracks may be earned in two years as a full-time day student or in three years as a part-time evening student. Students earn 71 hours of academic credit.

 

COMPETENCIES

Upon successful completion of the Early Childhood Education program, the graduate should be able to:

  • Plan developmentally appropriate activities for children 0-8.
  • Demonstrate appropriate guidance techniques for children.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in teaching.

 

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

Diploma
Certificate
Infant/Toddler Care Certificate
Early Childhood Administration Certificate