Early Childhood Education Non-Transfer

Program Description

The Associate in Applied Science degree program in Early Childhood Education prepares individuals to work with children birth through age 8 in diverse learning environments. The curriculum is designed to lead to responsible and effective employment in positions ranging from aide to head teacher in a variety of early childhood settings. Students combine learning theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.

Craven Community College’s Early Childhood Education program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The full-time program is taught in a Saturday cohort or online. The program provides theory, practical information and extensive supervised experience concerning normal early human development, developmental difficulties, caring for and educating young children, methods for fostering child development, and the operation and management of early childhood facilities. Coursework in the 67 SHC program 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.

Because current research shows that the early years are among the most vital in human development, professional and appropriate educational experiences will develop the Early Childhood Associate student’s thinking, practical and personal skills necessary to teach and care for young children. These activities take place in college classes and seminars, and also in local area field sites. In the field, extensive “hands on” observation and participation give opportunities to apply education principles, receive individual guidance and feedback, and be involved first-hand, with day-to-day activities in diverse learning environments. The program offers first-year and capstone practicum opportunities for students.

Graduates of the program are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in early childhood settings.

Admission Criteria

Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have a recognized equivalency.  In addition, students must have satisfactory placement test scores or coursework verifying that they have completed ENG-002 in order to begin EDU courses. Requirements for select courses are subject to change depending on state of North Carolina agency requirements. Select courses have attendance/additional requirements mandated by state agencies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Observe, document, and assess child behavior and developmental characteristics to support young children and families.
  • Use developmentally effective approaches to connect with families and children.
  • Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities include:

  • child development and child care programs
  • preschools
  • public and private schools
  • recreational centers
  • Head Start programs
  • school-age programs

Contact Information

Associate Dean of Career Programs

Dean of Career Programs

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