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Early Childhood Education (CIP 13.1210)

Program Description

Make a secure career move to Early Childhood Education 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.

Employment opportunities include:

  • Lead teacher in a child care center
  • Assistant teacher in a preschool, private, public school or Head Start
  • Owner/Administrator in a child care center or family child care home
  • Program Coordinator in an afterschool program or recreational center

Will I be suited for this type of work?

You need to have good communication skills in order to convey information effectively to both parents and students. You need to be creative to engage children in learning. You also need to be organized and patient and be an energetic person who can handle the physical demands of working with small children.

Can I complete this program online?

100% of the class work for the Early Childhood Education associate degree program can be completed ONLINE!

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Course Information

Sheila A. Regan
Early Childhood Education Program Chair
(910) 410-1909
(910) 410-1908
Early Childhood Instructor

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