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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.
(CTE-Y D55220P1)

Diploma

D55220 REVISED
NC CIP: 13.1210
Day and Evening
POS Approved: Fall 2012

Course Course Title HOURS PER WEEK
Class Lab/ Shop Clinical/ Co-op Credit
Fall Semester
COM 120 Intro Interpersonal Com 3 0 0 3
EDU 119 Intro to Early Child Educ 4 0 0 4
EDU 144 Child Development I 3 0 0 3
EDU 146 Child Guidance 3 0 0 3
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3 0 0 3
   
    16 0 0 16

Spring Semester
EDU 131 Child, Family, & Commun 3 0 0 3
EDU 145 Child Development II 3 0 0 3
EDU 153 Health, Safety & Nutrit 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Introduction to Computers (2) (2) (0) (3)
  OR        
Basic PC Literacy 1 2 0 2
Select one:
Interpersonal Psychology 3 0 0 3
  OR        
General Psychology (3) (0) (0) (3)
   
    13 2 0 14

Fall Semester
EDU 214 Early Child Interm Pract 1 9 0 4
EDU 271 Educational Technology 2 2 0 3
EDU 280 Language & Literacy Exp 3 0 0 3
   
    6 11 0 10

Spring Semester
EDU 151 Creative Activities 3 0 0 3
EDU 221 Children with Exceptional 3 0 0 3
   
    6 0 0 6

Total Credit Hours: 46

Legend

  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)

Additional Information

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

**Hours will vary depending on course selection.

Gainful Employment Information

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