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Early Childhood Education

Curriculum Description

Early Childhood Education
Career Cluster:      Education and Training
Pathway:               Teaching/Training

Program Major    Early Childhood Education

Pathway 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.

Program Major Description

A program that prepares individuals to promote child development and learning, work with diverse families and children, observe, document and assess to support young children and families, use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum, and use developmentally effective approaches in collaboration with other early childhood professionals. Potential course work includes instruction in all areas of child development such as emotional/social/health/physical/language/communication, approaches to play and learning, working with diverse families, and related observations/student teaching experiences.

The following represents one way in which the diploma can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow the recommended curriculum model below 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 2017

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
COM 120 Intro Interpersonal Com Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Global Distinction Requisite 3 0 0 3
EDU 119 Intro to Early Child Educ 4 0 0 4
EDU 144 Child Development I NEW VERSION 2017FA Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite 3 0 0 3
EDU 153 Health, Safety and Nutrition NEW VERSION 2017FA Requisite 3 0 0 3
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite 3 0 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 16
Lab/Shop Hours: 0
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 16

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
EDU 131 Child, Family, and Community NEW VERSION 2017FA Requisite 3 0 0 3
EDU 145 Child Development II NEW VERSION 2017FA Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite 3 0 0 3
EDU 146 Child Guidance NEW VERSION 2017FA Requisite 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CIS 110
OR
Introduction to Computers Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite (2) (2) (0) (3)
CIS 111 Basic PC Literacy Requisite 1 2 0 2
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
PSY 118
OR
Interpersonal Psychology 3 0 0 3
PSY 150 General Psychology Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite (3) (0) (0) (3)
Totals

Class Hours: 13
Lab/Shop Hours: 2
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 14

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
EDU 214 Early Child Interm Pract Requisite 1 9 0 4
EDU 221 Children With Exceptionalities NEW VERSION 2017FA Requisite 3 0 0 3
EDU 280 Language/Literacy Experiences NEW VERSION 2017FA Requisite 3 0 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 7
Lab/Shop Hours: 9
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 10

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
EDU 151 Creative Activities NEW VERSION 2017FA Requisite 3 0 0 3
EDU 271 Educational Technology NEW VERSION 2017FA Requisite 2 2 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 5
Lab/Shop Hours: 2
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 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)
  • : Global Distinction
  • : Requisite(s)

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.

D55220 REVISED

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