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Early Childhood Education -

Curriculum Description

The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from birth through 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 families 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.

The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow this plan should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.


NC CIP: 13.1210
Day and Evening
POS Approved: Fall 2012

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
COM 120 Intro Interpersonal Com 3 0 0 3
EDU 119 Intro to Early Child Educ 4 0 0 4
EDU 261 Early Childhood Admin I 3 0 0 3
  Total: 10 0 0 10

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
EDU 173 Becoming a Prof'l in ECE 3 0 0 3
EDU 262 Early Childhood Admin II 3 0 0 3
  Total: 6 0 0 6

Total Credit Hours: 16

Additional Information

A North Carolina Early Childhood Administration credential is awarded upon completion of Early Childhood Administration I and II plus seven semester hours of ECE/CD plus Level I approved portfolio activities.

All prerequisites must be met before courses can be taken. See an EDU advisor concerning prerequisites.