Early Childhood Education

What you can get

Early Childhood Education: 
Associate in Applied Science Degree Program
Early Childhood Education: 
Associate in Applied Science Degree Program - Catawba Transfer
Early Childhood Education
: Diploma Program
Early Childhood Education: 
Certificate Program - 
Emphasis in School Age Assistant 
Early Childhood Education: 
Certificate Program
 - Emphasis in Early Childhood Preschool
Early Childhood Education
: Certificate Program - 
Emphasis in Administration
Early Childhood Education: 
Certificate Program
 - Emphasis in Infant/Toddler Care
Certificate - Early Childhood Preschool (High School Career and College Promise)
Certificate - Infant/Toddler Care (High School Career and College Promise)

What it's about

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. 

Jobs available

  • Childcare teacher
  • Exceptional Children Assistant
  • Family Childcare Provider
  • Childcare Assistant
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Before and After School Counselor
  • Instructional Assistant
  • Preschool Assistant Teacher
  • Parent Educator
  • Early Childhood Administrator

Courses you'll take

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.

What you'll gain

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


Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate should possess the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to:


  1. Promote Child Development and Learning
  2. Build Family and Community Relationships
  3. Observe, Document and Assess to Support Young Children and Families
  4. Use Developmentally Effective Strategies
  5. Use Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum
  6. Demonstrate Professionalism 


The Early Childhood Education program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), 1313 L St. N.W. Suite 500, Washington DC 20005 202.232.8777 | 800.424.2460, www.naeyc.org

Admission Requirements: 

Applicants for admission to the Early Childhood Education program must submit to the Admissions Office a College application and complete the College’s assessment process. Special legal requirements exist which may limit the ability of an individual to obtain clinical experience and/or employment in this field. These requirements may include, but are not limited to, a medical exam, TB test and/or criminal record check. Prospective students should obtain information from a College counselor or program faculty member prior to seeking admission.