Applied Sciences and Technologies
Early Childhood Education
Certificate is also available in this curriculum.
Certificate is available in the following:
- Infant/Toddler Care
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.
Graduates will be able to:
- Create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging to all children
- Design and implement developmentally effective curriculum that addresses all domains of learning
- Support and empower all children, families, and communities through trusting and respectful reciprocal relationships
- Use authentic assessment responsibility to make informed decisions to guide all children’s learning
- Communicate effectively using standard written and verbal skills
- Utilize technology to enhance learning for all children
- Serve as a leader, advocate, and professional in the field of early education
Students may also extend their AAS in Early Childhood Education by pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education through a 2+2 university program. Universities with 2+2 Programs include:
- UNC Greensboro
- UNC Wilmington
What fields or jobs are available for Early Childhood Education majors?
- After-school Program
- Early Childhood Education Director
- Early Childhood Education Lead Teacher
- Early Childhood Education Teacher
- Family Child Care Center Home Providers
- Preschool/Early Education Programs
- Teacher Assistant
Who employs Early Childhood Education majors?
- Head Start and Even Start, NC Pre-K
- Private Early Childhood Education Centers
- Public Schools
- Religiously Sponsored Early Childhood Education Centers
Preparing for a career in Early Childhood Education:
Individuals in early childhood education need to have knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. They should also be prepared in principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. Early childhood educators should also have a solid knowledge of child development.
Where do I find more information?
- Learning Support and Retention Counselor - 828-395-1436
• Assess your interest and abilities
- Applied Sciences Department - 828-395-1441
- NC Division of Child Development: http://ncchildcare.dhhs.state.nc.us/general/home.asp
- NC Institute for Child Development Professionals: http://ncicdp.org/
- NC Department of Public Instruction: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/
- Rutherford County Schools: http://www.rcsnc.org/
- Polk County Schools: http://www.polk.k12.nc.us/
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