Early Childhood Associate

The Early Childhood Associate curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from infancy through middle childhood 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 childhood 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. Graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in early childhood settings.

Admission

Students may be required to take one or more developmental English or math courses prior to the required course(s) depending upon their SAT, ACT, COMPASS or ASSET test scores.

Additional requirements: a current negative tuberculin skin test and a current health questionnaire must be submitted to the department before students may complete any course work involving working with children.

Technical Standards

Students enrolling in the program must meet specific emotional, behavioral, physical, and cognitive standards. This information is found in the Admissions office.

Students qualifying for special accommodations to these standards must contact the Coordinator for Special Needs and Counseling at 336-506-4130 for more specific information.

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EDU-144 Child Development I 3 3
EDU-144   Child Development I PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course includes the theories of child development, needs, milestones, and factors that influence development, from conception through approximately 36 months. Emphasis is placed on developmental sequences in physical/motor, emotional/social, cognitive, and language domains and the impact of multiple influences on development and learning. Upon completion, students should be able to compare/contrast typical/atypical developmental characteristics, explain environmental factors that impact development, and identify strategies for enhancing development.

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EDU-146 Child Guidance 3 3
EDU-146   Child Guidance PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces principles and practical techniques including the design of learning environments for providing developmentally appropriate guidance for all children, including those at risk. Emphasis is placed on observation skills, cultural influences, underlying causes of behavior, appropriate expectations, development of self control and the role of communication and guidance. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate direct/indirect strategies for preventing problem behaviors, teaching appropriate/acceptable behaviors, negotiation, setting limits and recognizing at risk behaviors.

Register for this class
EDU-131 Child, Family, and Community 3 3
EDU-131   Child, Family, and Community PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the development of partnerships between culturally and linguistically diverse families, children, schools and communities. Emphasis is placed on developing skills and identifying benefits for establishing, supporting, and maintaining respectful, collaborative relationships between diverse families, programs/schools, and community agencies/resources. Upon completion, students should be able to explain appropriate relationships between families, educators, and professionals that enhance development and educational experiences of all children.

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Communication Elective 3 3
Semester Total 12 12
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EDU-145 Child Development II 3 3
EDU-145   Child Development II PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course includes the theories of child development, needs, milestones, and factors that influence development, from preschool through middle childhood. Emphasis is placed on developmental sequences in physical/motor, emotional/social, cognitive, and language domains and the impact of multiple influences on development and learning. Upon completion, students should be able to compare/contrast typical/atypical developmental characteristics, explain environmental factors that impact development, and identify strategies for enhancing development.

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EDU-151 Creative Activities 3 3
EDU-151   Creative Activities PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers planning, creation and adaptation of developmentally supportive learning environments with attention to curriculum, interactions, teaching practices and learning materials. Emphasis is placed on creating and adapting integrated, meaningful, challenging and engaging developmentally supportive learning experiences in art, music, movement and dramatics for all children. Upon completion, students should be able to create, adapt, implement and evaluate developmentally supportive learning materials, experiences and environments.

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EDU-151A Creative Activities Lab 2 1
EDU-151A   Creative Activities Lab PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course provides a laboratory component to complement EDU 151. Emphasis is placed on practical experiences that enhance concepts introduced in the classroom. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a practical understanding of the development and implementation of appropriate creative activities.

Register for this class
EDU-153 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3 3
EDU-153   Health, Safety and Nutrition PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers promoting and maintaining the health and well-being of all children. Topics include health and nutritional guidelines, common childhood illnesses, maintaining safe and healthy learning environments, recognition and reporting of abuse and neglect and state regulations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of health, safety, and nutritional needs, safe learning environments, and adhere to state regulations.

Register for this class
EDU-271 Educational Technology 4 3
EDU-271   Educational Technology PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning in all educational settings. Topics include technology concepts, instructional strategies, materials and adaptive technology for children with exceptionalities, facilitation of assessment/evaluation, and ethical issues surrounding the use of technology. Upon completion, students should be able to apply technology enhanced instructional strategies, use a variety of technology resources and demonstrate appropriate technology skills in educational environments.

Register for this class
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3 3
ENG-111   Writing and Inquiry PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take DRE-098

This course is designed to develop the ability to produce clear writing in a variety of genres and formats using a recursive process. Emphasis includes inquiry, analysis, effective use of rhetorical strategies, thesis development, audience awareness, and revision. Upon completion, students should be able to produce unified, coherent, well-developed essays using standard written English.

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Semester Total 18 16
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Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 3
Semester Total 6 6
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EDU-214 Early Childhood Intermediate Practicum 10 4
EDU-214   Early Childhood Intermediate Practicum PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take one set: Set 1: EDU-119, EDU-144, and EDU-146 Set 2: PSY-244, EDU-119, and EDU-146

This course is designed to allow students to apply skills in a three star (minimum) or NAEYC accredited or equivalent, quality early childhood environment. Emphasis is placed on observing children and assisting with the implementation of developmentally appropriate activities and environments for all children; modeling reflective and professional practices. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate developmentally appropriate plans/assessments, appropriate guidance techniques and ethical/professional behaviors as indicated by assignments and onsite faculty visits.

Register for this class
EDU-221 Children With Exceptionalities 3 3
EDU-221   Children With Exceptionalities PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take one set: Set 1: EDU-144, EDU-145 Set 2: PSY-244 PSY-245

This course introduces children with exceptionalities, their families, support services, inclusive/diverse settings, and educational/family plans based on the foundations of child development. Emphasis is placed on the characteristics of exceptionalities, observation and assessment of children, strategies for adapting the learning environment, and identification of community resources. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize diverse abilities, describe the referral process, and depict collaboration with families/professionals to plan/implement, and promote best practice.

Register for this class
EDU-234 Infants, Toddlers, & Twos 3 3
EDU-234   Infants, Toddlers, & Twos PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take EDU-119

This course covers the unique needs and rapid changes that occur in the first three years of life and the inter-related factors that influence development. Emphasis is placed on recognizing and supporting developmental milestones through purposeful strategies, responsive care routines and identifying elements of quality, inclusive early care and education. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate respectful relationships that provide a foundation for healthy infant/toddler/twos development, plan/select activities/materials, and partner with diverse families.

Register for this class
EDU-282 Early Childhood Literature 3 3
EDU-282   Early Childhood Literature PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the history, selection, and integration of literature and language in the early childhood curriculum. Topics include the history and selection of developmentally appropriate children's literature and the use of books and other media to enhance language and literacy in the classroom. Upon completion, students should be able to select appropriate books for storytelling, reading aloud, puppetry, flannel board use, and other techniques.

Register for this class
Major Elective - 2-3
Semester Total 19 15-16
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EDU-251 Exploration Activities 3 3
EDU-251   Exploration Activities PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers discovery experiences in science, math, and social studies. Emphasis is placed on developing concepts for each area and encouraging young children to explore, discover, and construct concepts. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss the discovery approach to teaching, explain major concepts in each area, and plan appropriate experiences for children.

Register for this class
EDU-280 Language and Literacy Experiences 3 3
EDU-280   Language and Literacy Experiences PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course is designed to expand students' understanding of children's language and literacy development and provides strategies for enhancing language/literacy experiences in an enriched environment. Topics include selection of diverse literature and interactive media, the integration of literacy concepts throughout the curriculum, appropriate observations/assessments and inclusive practices. Upon completion, students should be able to select, plan, implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate and diverse language/literacy experiences.

Register for this class
EDU-284 Early Childhood Capstone Practicum 10 4
EDU-284   Early Childhood Capstone Practicum PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take One Set: Set 1: EDU-119, EDU-144, EDU-145, EDU-146, and EDU-151 Set 2: EDU-119, PSY-244, PSY-245, EDU-146, and EDU-151 Set 3: EDU-119, PSY-245, EDU-144, EDU-146, and EDU-151 Set 4: EDU-119, PSY-244, EDU-145, EDU-146, and EDU-151

This course is designed to allow students to apply skills in a three star (minimum) or NAEYC accredited or equivalent, quality early childhood environment. Emphasis is placed on designing, implementing and evaluating developmentally appropriate activities and environments for all children; supporting/involving families; and modeling reflective and professional practices. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate developmentally appropriate plans/assessments, appropriate guidance techniques and ethical/professional behaviors as indicated by assignments and onsite faculty visits.

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Major Elective - 3
Math/Science Elective 3 2-3
Semester Total 19 15-16
TOTAL CREDITS 64-66

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EDU-144 Child Development I 3 3
EDU-144   Child Development I PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course includes the theories of child development, needs, milestones, and factors that influence development, from conception through approximately 36 months. Emphasis is placed on developmental sequences in physical/motor, emotional/social, cognitive, and language domains and the impact of multiple influences on development and learning. Upon completion, students should be able to compare/contrast typical/atypical developmental characteristics, explain environmental factors that impact development, and identify strategies for enhancing development.

Register for this class
EDU-131 Child, Family, and Community 3 3
EDU-131   Child, Family, and Community PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the development of partnerships between culturally and linguistically diverse families, children, schools and communities. Emphasis is placed on developing skills and identifying benefits for establishing, supporting, and maintaining respectful, collaborative relationships between diverse families, programs/schools, and community agencies/resources. Upon completion, students should be able to explain appropriate relationships between families, educators, and professionals that enhance development and educational experiences of all children.

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Semester Total 6 6
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EDU-145 Child Development II 3 3
EDU-145   Child Development II PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course includes the theories of child development, needs, milestones, and factors that influence development, from preschool through middle childhood. Emphasis is placed on developmental sequences in physical/motor, emotional/social, cognitive, and language domains and the impact of multiple influences on development and learning. Upon completion, students should be able to compare/contrast typical/atypical developmental characteristics, explain environmental factors that impact development, and identify strategies for enhancing development.

Register for this class
EDU-151 Creative Activities 3 3
EDU-151   Creative Activities PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers planning, creation and adaptation of developmentally supportive learning environments with attention to curriculum, interactions, teaching practices and learning materials. Emphasis is placed on creating and adapting integrated, meaningful, challenging and engaging developmentally supportive learning experiences in art, music, movement and dramatics for all children. Upon completion, students should be able to create, adapt, implement and evaluate developmentally supportive learning materials, experiences and environments.

Register for this class
EDU-151A Creative Activities Lab 2 1
EDU-151A   Creative Activities Lab PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course provides a laboratory component to complement EDU 151. Emphasis is placed on practical experiences that enhance concepts introduced in the classroom. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a practical understanding of the development and implementation of appropriate creative activities.

Register for this class
Semester Total 8 7
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ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3 3
ENG-111   Writing and Inquiry PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take DRE-098

This course is designed to develop the ability to produce clear writing in a variety of genres and formats using a recursive process. Emphasis includes inquiry, analysis, effective use of rhetorical strategies, thesis development, audience awareness, and revision. Upon completion, students should be able to produce unified, coherent, well-developed essays using standard written English.

Register for this class
Semester Total 3 3
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contact
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EDU-153 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3 3
EDU-153   Health, Safety and Nutrition PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers promoting and maintaining the health and well-being of all children. Topics include health and nutritional guidelines, common childhood illnesses, maintaining safe and healthy learning environments, recognition and reporting of abuse and neglect and state regulations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of health, safety, and nutritional needs, safe learning environments, and adhere to state regulations.

Register for this class
EDU-131 Child, Family, and Community 3 3
EDU-131   Child, Family, and Community PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the development of partnerships between culturally and linguistically diverse families, children, schools and communities. Emphasis is placed on developing skills and identifying benefits for establishing, supporting, and maintaining respectful, collaborative relationships between diverse families, programs/schools, and community agencies/resources. Upon completion, students should be able to explain appropriate relationships between families, educators, and professionals that enhance development and educational experiences of all children.

Register for this class
EDU-271 Educational Technology 4 3
EDU-271   Educational Technology PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning in all educational settings. Topics include technology concepts, instructional strategies, materials and adaptive technology for children with exceptionalities, facilitation of assessment/evaluation, and ethical issues surrounding the use of technology. Upon completion, students should be able to apply technology enhanced instructional strategies, use a variety of technology resources and demonstrate appropriate technology skills in educational environments.

Register for this class
Semester Total 10 9
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EDU-214 Early Childhood Intermediate Practicum 10 4
EDU-214   Early Childhood Intermediate Practicum PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take one set: Set 1: EDU-119, EDU-144, and EDU-146 Set 2: PSY-244, EDU-119, and EDU-146

This course is designed to allow students to apply skills in a three star (minimum) or NAEYC accredited or equivalent, quality early childhood environment. Emphasis is placed on observing children and assisting with the implementation of developmentally appropriate activities and environments for all children; modeling reflective and professional practices. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate developmentally appropriate plans/assessments, appropriate guidance techniques and ethical/professional behaviors as indicated by assignments and onsite faculty visits.

Register for this class
EDU-234 Infants, Toddlers, & Twos 3 3
EDU-234   Infants, Toddlers, & Twos PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take EDU-119

This course covers the unique needs and rapid changes that occur in the first three years of life and the inter-related factors that influence development. Emphasis is placed on recognizing and supporting developmental milestones through purposeful strategies, responsive care routines and identifying elements of quality, inclusive early care and education. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate respectful relationships that provide a foundation for healthy infant/toddler/twos development, plan/select activities/materials, and partner with diverse families.

Register for this class
EDU-221 Children With Exceptionalities 3 3
EDU-221   Children With Exceptionalities PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take one set: Set 1: EDU-144, EDU-145 Set 2: PSY-244 PSY-245

This course introduces children with exceptionalities, their families, support services, inclusive/diverse settings, and educational/family plans based on the foundations of child development. Emphasis is placed on the characteristics of exceptionalities, observation and assessment of children, strategies for adapting the learning environment, and identification of community resources. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize diverse abilities, describe the referral process, and depict collaboration with families/professionals to plan/implement, and promote best practice.

Register for this class
Semester Total 16 10
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Communication Elective 3 3
Semester Total 3 3
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EDU-284 Early Childhood Capstone Practicum 10 4
EDU-284   Early Childhood Capstone Practicum PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take One Set: Set 1: EDU-119, EDU-144, EDU-145, EDU-146, and EDU-151 Set 2: EDU-119, PSY-244, PSY-245, EDU-146, and EDU-151 Set 3: EDU-119, PSY-245, EDU-144, EDU-146, and EDU-151 Set 4: EDU-119, PSY-244, EDU-145, EDU-146, and EDU-151

This course is designed to allow students to apply skills in a three star (minimum) or NAEYC accredited or equivalent, quality early childhood environment. Emphasis is placed on designing, implementing and evaluating developmentally appropriate activities and environments for all children; supporting/involving families; and modeling reflective and professional practices. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate developmentally appropriate plans/assessments, appropriate guidance techniques and ethical/professional behaviors as indicated by assignments and onsite faculty visits.

Register for this class
EDU-282 Early Childhood Literature 3 3
EDU-282   Early Childhood Literature PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the history, selection, and integration of literature and language in the early childhood curriculum. Topics include the history and selection of developmentally appropriate children's literature and the use of books and other media to enhance language and literacy in the classroom. Upon completion, students should be able to select appropriate books for storytelling, reading aloud, puppetry, flannel board use, and other techniques.

Register for this class
Major Elective - 2-3
Semester Total 13 9-10
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Title
contact
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EDU-280 Language and Literacy Experiences 3 3
EDU-280   Language and Literacy Experiences PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course is designed to expand students' understanding of children's language and literacy development and provides strategies for enhancing language/literacy experiences in an enriched environment. Topics include selection of diverse literature and interactive media, the integration of literacy concepts throughout the curriculum, appropriate observations/assessments and inclusive practices. Upon completion, students should be able to select, plan, implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate and diverse language/literacy experiences.

Register for this class
EDU-251 Exploration Activities 3 3
EDU-251   Exploration Activities PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers discovery experiences in science, math, and social studies. Emphasis is placed on developing concepts for each area and encouraging young children to explore, discover, and construct concepts. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss the discovery approach to teaching, explain major concepts in each area, and plan appropriate experiences for children.

Register for this class
Major Elective - 2-3
Semester Total 6 8-9
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Humanities Elective 3 3
Semester Total 3 3
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Math/Science Elective 3 3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 3
Semester Total 6 6
TOTAL CREDITS 64-66

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EDU-131 Child, Family, and Community 3 3
EDU-131   Child, Family, and Community PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the development of partnerships between culturally and linguistically diverse families, children, schools and communities. Emphasis is placed on developing skills and identifying benefits for establishing, supporting, and maintaining respectful, collaborative relationships between diverse families, programs/schools, and community agencies/resources. Upon completion, students should be able to explain appropriate relationships between families, educators, and professionals that enhance development and educational experiences of all children.

Register for this class
EDU-144 Child Development I 3 3
EDU-144   Child Development I PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course includes the theories of child development, needs, milestones, and factors that influence development, from conception through approximately 36 months. Emphasis is placed on developmental sequences in physical/motor, emotional/social, cognitive, and language domains and the impact of multiple influences on development and learning. Upon completion, students should be able to compare/contrast typical/atypical developmental characteristics, explain environmental factors that impact development, and identify strategies for enhancing development.

Register for this class
EDU-146 Child Guidance 3 3
EDU-146   Child Guidance PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces principles and practical techniques including the design of learning environments for providing developmentally appropriate guidance for all children, including those at risk. Emphasis is placed on observation skills, cultural influences, underlying causes of behavior, appropriate expectations, development of self control and the role of communication and guidance. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate direct/indirect strategies for preventing problem behaviors, teaching appropriate/acceptable behaviors, negotiation, setting limits and recognizing at risk behaviors.

Register for this class
Semester Total 9 9
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Title
contact
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EDU-145 Child Development II 3 3
EDU-145   Child Development II PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course includes the theories of child development, needs, milestones, and factors that influence development, from preschool through middle childhood. Emphasis is placed on developmental sequences in physical/motor, emotional/social, cognitive, and language domains and the impact of multiple influences on development and learning. Upon completion, students should be able to compare/contrast typical/atypical developmental characteristics, explain environmental factors that impact development, and identify strategies for enhancing development.

Register for this class
EDU-151 Creative Activities 3 3
EDU-151   Creative Activities PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers planning, creation and adaptation of developmentally supportive learning environments with attention to curriculum, interactions, teaching practices and learning materials. Emphasis is placed on creating and adapting integrated, meaningful, challenging and engaging developmentally supportive learning experiences in art, music, movement and dramatics for all children. Upon completion, students should be able to create, adapt, implement and evaluate developmentally supportive learning materials, experiences and environments.

Register for this class
EDU-151A Creative Activities Lab 2 1
EDU-151A   Creative Activities Lab PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course provides a laboratory component to complement EDU 151. Emphasis is placed on practical experiences that enhance concepts introduced in the classroom. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a practical understanding of the development and implementation of appropriate creative activities.

Register for this class
EDU-153 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3 3
EDU-153   Health, Safety and Nutrition PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers promoting and maintaining the health and well-being of all children. Topics include health and nutritional guidelines, common childhood illnesses, maintaining safe and healthy learning environments, recognition and reporting of abuse and neglect and state regulations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of health, safety, and nutritional needs, safe learning environments, and adhere to state regulations.

Register for this class
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3 3
ENG-111   Writing and Inquiry PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take DRE-098

This course is designed to develop the ability to produce clear writing in a variety of genres and formats using a recursive process. Emphasis includes inquiry, analysis, effective use of rhetorical strategies, thesis development, audience awareness, and revision. Upon completion, students should be able to produce unified, coherent, well-developed essays using standard written English.

Register for this class
Semester Total 14 13
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EDU-214 Early Childhood Intermediate Practicum 10 4
EDU-214   Early Childhood Intermediate Practicum PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take one set: Set 1: EDU-119, EDU-144, and EDU-146 Set 2: PSY-244, EDU-119, and EDU-146

This course is designed to allow students to apply skills in a three star (minimum) or NAEYC accredited or equivalent, quality early childhood environment. Emphasis is placed on observing children and assisting with the implementation of developmentally appropriate activities and environments for all children; modeling reflective and professional practices. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate developmentally appropriate plans/assessments, appropriate guidance techniques and ethical/professional behaviors as indicated by assignments and onsite faculty visits.

Register for this class
EDU-221 Children With Exceptionalities 3 3
EDU-221   Children With Exceptionalities PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take one set: Set 1: EDU-144, EDU-145 Set 2: PSY-244 PSY-245

This course introduces children with exceptionalities, their families, support services, inclusive/diverse settings, and educational/family plans based on the foundations of child development. Emphasis is placed on the characteristics of exceptionalities, observation and assessment of children, strategies for adapting the learning environment, and identification of community resources. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize diverse abilities, describe the referral process, and depict collaboration with families/professionals to plan/implement, and promote best practice.

Register for this class
Communication Elective 3 3
Major Elective - 2-3
Semester Total 16 12-13
TOTAL CREDITS 34-35

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EDU-131 Child, Family, and Community 3 3
EDU-131   Child, Family, and Community PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the development of partnerships between culturally and linguistically diverse families, children, schools and communities. Emphasis is placed on developing skills and identifying benefits for establishing, supporting, and maintaining respectful, collaborative relationships between diverse families, programs/schools, and community agencies/resources. Upon completion, students should be able to explain appropriate relationships between families, educators, and professionals that enhance development and educational experiences of all children.

Register for this class
EDU-144 Child Development I 3 3
EDU-144   Child Development I PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course includes the theories of child development, needs, milestones, and factors that influence development, from conception through approximately 36 months. Emphasis is placed on developmental sequences in physical/motor, emotional/social, cognitive, and language domains and the impact of multiple influences on development and learning. Upon completion, students should be able to compare/contrast typical/atypical developmental characteristics, explain environmental factors that impact development, and identify strategies for enhancing development.

Register for this class
EDU-146 Child Guidance 3 3
EDU-146   Child Guidance PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces principles and practical techniques including the design of learning environments for providing developmentally appropriate guidance for all children, including those at risk. Emphasis is placed on observation skills, cultural influences, underlying causes of behavior, appropriate expectations, development of self control and the role of communication and guidance. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate direct/indirect strategies for preventing problem behaviors, teaching appropriate/acceptable behaviors, negotiation, setting limits and recognizing at risk behaviors.

Register for this class
EDU-153 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3 3
EDU-153   Health, Safety and Nutrition PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers promoting and maintaining the health and well-being of all children. Topics include health and nutritional guidelines, common childhood illnesses, maintaining safe and healthy learning environments, recognition and reporting of abuse and neglect and state regulations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of health, safety, and nutritional needs, safe learning environments, and adhere to state regulations.

Register for this class
Semester Total 12 12

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EDU-119 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 4 4
EDU-119   Introduction to Early Childhood Education PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the foundations of early childhood education, the diverse educational settings for young children, professionalism and planning intentional developmentally appropriate experiences for each child. Topics include theoretical foundations, national early learning standards, NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development, state regulations, program types, career options, professionalism, ethical conduct, quality inclusive environments, and curriculum responsive to the needs of each child/family. Upon completion, students should be able to design a career/professional development plan, appropriate environments, schedules, and activity plans.

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EDU-144 Child Development I 3 3
EDU-144   Child Development I PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course includes the theories of child development, needs, milestones, and factors that influence development, from conception through approximately 36 months. Emphasis is placed on developmental sequences in physical/motor, emotional/social, cognitive, and language domains and the impact of multiple influences on development and learning. Upon completion, students should be able to compare/contrast typical/atypical developmental characteristics, explain environmental factors that impact development, and identify strategies for enhancing development.

Register for this class
EDU-146 Child Guidance 3 3
EDU-146   Child Guidance PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces principles and practical techniques including the design of learning environments for providing developmentally appropriate guidance for all children, including those at risk. Emphasis is placed on observation skills, cultural influences, underlying causes of behavior, appropriate expectations, development of self control and the role of communication and guidance. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate direct/indirect strategies for preventing problem behaviors, teaching appropriate/acceptable behaviors, negotiation, setting limits and recognizing at risk behaviors.

Register for this class
EDU-153 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3 3
EDU-153   Health, Safety and Nutrition PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers promoting and maintaining the health and well-being of all children. Topics include health and nutritional guidelines, common childhood illnesses, maintaining safe and healthy learning environments, recognition and reporting of abuse and neglect and state regulations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of health, safety, and nutritional needs, safe learning environments, and adhere to state regulations.

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Semester Total 13 13

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EDU-119 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 4 4
EDU-119   Introduction to Early Childhood Education PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the foundations of early childhood education, the diverse educational settings for young children, professionalism and planning intentional developmentally appropriate experiences for each child. Topics include theoretical foundations, national early learning standards, NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development, state regulations, program types, career options, professionalism, ethical conduct, quality inclusive environments, and curriculum responsive to the needs of each child/family. Upon completion, students should be able to design a career/professional development plan, appropriate environments, schedules, and activity plans.

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EDU-146 Child Guidance 3 3
EDU-146   Child Guidance PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces principles and practical techniques including the design of learning environments for providing developmentally appropriate guidance for all children, including those at risk. Emphasis is placed on observation skills, cultural influences, underlying causes of behavior, appropriate expectations, development of self control and the role of communication and guidance. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate direct/indirect strategies for preventing problem behaviors, teaching appropriate/acceptable behaviors, negotiation, setting limits and recognizing at risk behaviors.

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EDU-261 Early Childhood Administration I 3 3
EDU-261   Early Childhood Administration I PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces principles of basic programming and staffing, budgeting/financial management and marketing, and rules and regulations of diverse early childhood programs. Topics include program structure and philosophy, standards of NC child care programs, finance, funding resources, and staff and organizational management. Upon completion, students should be able to develop components of program/personnel handbooks, a program budget, and demonstrate knowledge of fundamental marketing strategies and NC standards. This course has corequisites: EDU-119 and DRE-098

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EDU-262 Early Childhood Administration II 3 3
EDU-262   Early Childhood Administration II PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take EDU-261

This course focuses on advocacy/leadership, public relations/community outreach and program quality/evaluation for diverse early childhood programs. Topics include program evaluation/accreditation, involvement in early childhood professional organizations, leadership/mentoring, family, volunteer and community involvement and early childhood advocacy. Upon completion, students should be able to define and evaluate all components of early childhood programs, develop strategies for advocacy and integrate community into programs.

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EDU-271 Educational Technology 4 3
EDU-271   Educational Technology PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning in all educational settings. Topics include technology concepts, instructional strategies, materials and adaptive technology for children with exceptionalities, facilitation of assessment/evaluation, and ethical issues surrounding the use of technology. Upon completion, students should be able to apply technology enhanced instructional strategies, use a variety of technology resources and demonstrate appropriate technology skills in educational environments.

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Semester Total 17 16

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EDU-145 Child Development II 3 3
EDU-145   Child Development II PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course includes the theories of child development, needs, milestones, and factors that influence development, from preschool through middle childhood. Emphasis is placed on developmental sequences in physical/motor, emotional/social, cognitive, and language domains and the impact of multiple influences on development and learning. Upon completion, students should be able to compare/contrast typical/atypical developmental characteristics, explain environmental factors that impact development, and identify strategies for enhancing development.

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EDU-146 Child Guidance 3 3
EDU-146   Child Guidance PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces principles and practical techniques including the design of learning environments for providing developmentally appropriate guidance for all children, including those at risk. Emphasis is placed on observation skills, cultural influences, underlying causes of behavior, appropriate expectations, development of self control and the role of communication and guidance. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate direct/indirect strategies for preventing problem behaviors, teaching appropriate/acceptable behaviors, negotiation, setting limits and recognizing at risk behaviors.

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EDU-151 Creative Activities 3 3
EDU-151   Creative Activities PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers planning, creation and adaptation of developmentally supportive learning environments with attention to curriculum, interactions, teaching practices and learning materials. Emphasis is placed on creating and adapting integrated, meaningful, challenging and engaging developmentally supportive learning experiences in art, music, movement and dramatics for all children. Upon completion, students should be able to create, adapt, implement and evaluate developmentally supportive learning materials, experiences and environments.

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EDU-151A Creative Activities Lab 2 1
EDU-151A   Creative Activities Lab PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course provides a laboratory component to complement EDU 151. Emphasis is placed on practical experiences that enhance concepts introduced in the classroom. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a practical understanding of the development and implementation of appropriate creative activities.

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EDU-157 Active Play 4 3
EDU-157   Active Play PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the use of indoor and outdoor physical activities to promote the physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development of children. Topics include the role of active play, development of play skills, playground design, selection of safe equipment, and materials and surfacing for active play. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss the stages of play, the role of teachers in play, and the design of appropriate active play areas and activities.

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EDU-235 School-Age Development and Programs 3 3
EDU-235   School-Age Development and Programs PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course includes developmentally appropriate practices in group settings for school-age children. Emphasis is placed on principles of development, environmental planning, and positive guidance techniques. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss developmental principles for all children ages five to twelve and plan and implement developmentally-appropriate activities.

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Semester Total 18 16

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Course
Number
Course
TITLE
contact
hours
Credit
hours
EDU-119 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 4 4
EDU-119   Introduction to Early Childhood Education PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the foundations of early childhood education, the diverse educational settings for young children, professionalism and planning intentional developmentally appropriate experiences for each child. Topics include theoretical foundations, national early learning standards, NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development, state regulations, program types, career options, professionalism, ethical conduct, quality inclusive environments, and curriculum responsive to the needs of each child/family. Upon completion, students should be able to design a career/professional development plan, appropriate environments, schedules, and activity plans.

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EDU-131 Child, Family, and Community 3 3
EDU-131   Child, Family, and Community PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the development of partnerships between culturally and linguistically diverse families, children, schools and communities. Emphasis is placed on developing skills and identifying benefits for establishing, supporting, and maintaining respectful, collaborative relationships between diverse families, programs/schools, and community agencies/resources. Upon completion, students should be able to explain appropriate relationships between families, educators, and professionals that enhance development and educational experiences of all children.

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EDU-144 Child Development I 3 3
EDU-144   Child Development I PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course includes the theories of child development, needs, milestones, and factors that influence development, from conception through approximately 36 months. Emphasis is placed on developmental sequences in physical/motor, emotional/social, cognitive, and language domains and the impact of multiple influences on development and learning. Upon completion, students should be able to compare/contrast typical/atypical developmental characteristics, explain environmental factors that impact development, and identify strategies for enhancing development.

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EDU-153 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3 3
EDU-153   Health, Safety and Nutrition PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers promoting and maintaining the health and well-being of all children. Topics include health and nutritional guidelines, common childhood illnesses, maintaining safe and healthy learning environments, recognition and reporting of abuse and neglect and state regulations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of health, safety, and nutritional needs, safe learning environments, and adhere to state regulations.

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EDU-234 Infants, Toddlers, & Twos 3 3
EDU-234   Infants, Toddlers, & Twos PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take EDU-119

This course covers the unique needs and rapid changes that occur in the first three years of life and the inter-related factors that influence development. Emphasis is placed on recognizing and supporting developmental milestones through purposeful strategies, responsive care routines and identifying elements of quality, inclusive early care and education. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate respectful relationships that provide a foundation for healthy infant/toddler/twos development, plan/select activities/materials, and partner with diverse families.

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Semester Total 16 16

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2017FA EDU-119-01W CLASS
Jones, Jennifer
M,T,W,TH at 10:10 AM - 11:05 AM

MAIN 00210

2017FA EDU-119-02N CLASS
Thompson, Pamela
M at 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

MAIN 00209

2017FA EDU-119-03E CLASS
Doe, Shanina
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Child, Family, and Community

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2017FA EDU-131-01W CLASS
Doe, Shanina
M,W,F at 1:25 PM - 2:20 PM

MAIN 00209

2017FA EDU-131-02N CLASS
Riggins, Rhodus
TH at 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

MAIN 00210

2017FA EDU-131-03E CLASS
Ketcham, Kristina
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DSED ONLNE

Child Development I

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2017FA EDU-144-01W CLASS
Jones, Jennifer
M,W,F at 9:05 AM - 10:00 AM

MAIN 00210

2017FA EDU-144-02N CLASS
Blackwell, Marcus
T at 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

MAIN 00210

2017FA EDU-144-41E CLASS
Blankenship, Drucilla
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DSED ONLNE

Child Guidance

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2017FA EDU-146-01W CLASS
Doe, Shanina
M,W,F at 12:20 PM - 1:15 PM

MAIN 00210

2017FA EDU-146-02E CLASS
Bunn, Joy
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DSED ONLNE

Creative Activities

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2017FA EDU-151-01N CLASS
Warfield, Robin
M at 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

MAIN 00210

Health, Safety and Nutrition

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2017FA EDU-153-02E CLASS
Jones, Jennifer
Online Object] at -

DSED ONLNE

Active Play

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2017FA EDU-157-01H CLASS
LAB
Jones, Jennifer
M,W at 12:20 PM - 1:15 PM

Online
MAIN 00209

DSED ONLNE

Early Childhood Intermediate Practicum

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2017FA EDU-214-01 CLASS
LAB
Bunn, Joy
T at 12:45 PM - 1:40 PM

at -

MAIN 00210

OFFC OFFC1

2017FA EDU-214-02N CLASS
LAB
Bunn, Joy
T at 6:30 PM - 7:25 PM

at -

MAIN 00221

OFFC OFFC1

Children With Exceptionalities

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2017FA EDU-221-01W CLASS
Bunn, Joy
T,TH at 11:15 AM - 12:35 PM

MAIN 00210

2017FA EDU-221-02E CLASS
Puckett, Susan
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DSED ONLNE

Infants, Toddlers, & Twos

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2017FA EDU-234-02E CLASS
Bunn, Joy
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DSED ONLNE

Early Childhood Administration I

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2017FA EDU-261-41E CLASS
Online Object] at -

DSED ONLNE

Educational Technology

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2017FA EDU-271-02H CLASS
LAB
Doe, Shanina
M at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Online
MAIN 00368

DSED ONLNE

Language and Literacy Experiences

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2017FA EDU-280-01E CLASS
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DSED ONLNE

Early Childhood Literature

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2017FA EDU-282-01W CLASS
Ketcham, Kristina
T,TH at 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM

MAIN 00209

2017FA EDU-282-02N CLASS
Doe, Shanina
TH at 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

MAIN 00209

Early Childhood Capstone Practicum

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2017FA EDU-284-01N CLASS
LAB
Bunn, Joy
W at 6:30 PM - 7:25 PM

at -

MAIN 00210

OFFC OFFC1

Writing and Inquiry

Term ID Methods Faculty Times Places
2017FA ENG-111-01X CLASS
Craven, Paul
M at 8:00 AM - 8:55 AM

W,F at 8:00 AM - 8:55 AM

B B310

MAIN 00237

2017FA ENG-111-02W CLASS
Sherbondy, Maureen
W,F at 8:00 AM - 8:55 AM

M at 8:00 AM - 8:55 AM

B B310

B B203

2017FA ENG-111-03W CLASS
Bostic, Inez
M,W at 8:00 AM - 8:55 AM

F at 8:00 AM - 8:55 AM

B B200

B B203

2017FA ENG-111-04W CLASS
Heckler, Sara
T at 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM

TH at 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM

B B310

MAIN 00240

2017FA ENG-111-05W CLASS
Sherbondy, Maureen
T at 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM

TH at 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM

B B202

B B310

2017FA ENG-111-06X CLASS
Craven, Paul
M at 9:05 AM - 10:00 AM

W,F at 9:05 AM - 10:00 AM

B B310

MAIN 00237

2017FA ENG-111-07W CLASS
Smith, Michael
W,F at 9:05 AM - 10:00 AM

M at 9:05 AM - 10:00 AM

B B310

MAIN 00240

2017FA ENG-111-08W CLASS
Bostic, Inez
M,W at 9:05 AM - 10:00 AM

F at 9:05 AM - 10:00 AM

B B200

B B203

2017FA ENG-111-09W CLASS
Heckler, Sara
T at 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM

TH at 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM

B B310

MAIN 00240

2017FA ENG-111-10W CLASS
Doi, Courtney
T at 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM

TH at 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM

MAIN 00240

B B310

2017FA ENG-111-11W CLASS
Smith, Michael
M at 10:10 AM - 11:05 AM

W,F at 10:10 AM - 11:05 AM

B B214

B B310

2017FA ENG-111-12W CLASS
Sherbondy, Maureen
W,F at 10:10 AM - 11:05 AM

M at 10:10 AM - 11:05 AM

MAIN 00240

B B203

2017FA ENG-111-13W CLASS
Bostic, Inez
M,W at 10:10 AM - 11:05 AM

F at 10:10 AM - 11:05 AM

B B200

MAIN 00368

2017FA ENG-111-14W CLASS
Smith, Michael
M at 11:15 AM - 12:10 PM

W,F at 11:15 AM - 12:10 PM

B B214

A A221

2017FA ENG-111-15W CLASS
Sherbondy, Maureen
M,W at 11:15 AM - 12:10 PM

F at 11:15 AM - 12:10 PM

B B310

MAIN 00240

2017FA ENG-111-16W CLASS
Holt, Melissa
M,W at 11:15 AM - 12:10 PM

F at 11:15 AM - 12:10 PM

B B200

B B310

2017FA ENG-111-17W CLASS
Doi, Courtney
T at 11:15 AM - 12:35 PM

TH at 11:15 AM - 12:35 PM

B B310

MAIN 00369

2017FA ENG-111-18W CLASS
Heckler, Sara
T at 11:15 AM - 12:35 PM

TH at 11:15 AM - 12:35 PM

B B200

B B310

2017FA ENG-111-19W CLASS
Bostic, Inez
M at 12:45 PM - 2:05 PM

W at 12:45 PM - 2:05 PM

B B310

MAIN 00237

2017FA ENG-111-20W CLASS
Holt, Melissa
M at 12:45 PM - 1:35 PM

W,F at 12:45 PM - 1:35 PM

B B200

B B310

2017FA ENG-111-21W CLASS
Heckler, Sara
T,TH at 1:45 PM - 3:05 PM

B B310

2017FA ENG-111-22W CLASS
Chase, Andrea
M,W at 4:30 PM - 5:50 PM

B B310

2017FA ENG-111-23W CLASS
Drago, Thomas
W at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

B B310

2017FA ENG-111-25E CLASS
Marano, Alexandra
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DSED ONLNE

2017FA ENG-111-26E CLASS
Marano, Alexandra
Online Object] at -

DSED ONLNE

2017FA ENG-111-27E CLASS
Miller, Gerald
Online Object] at -

DSED ONLNE

2017FA ENG-111-28E CLASS
Miller, Gerald
Online Object] at -

DSED ONLNE

2017FA ENG-111-29E CLASS
Miller, Gerald
Online Object] at -

DSED ONLNE

2017FA ENG-111-30E CLASS
Lassiter, Sharon
Online Object] at -

DSED ONLNE

2017FA ENG-111-41H CLASS
Marano, Alexandra
T at 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM

TH at 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Online
B B214

MAIN 00237

DSED ONLNE

2017FA ENG-111-42E CLASS
Miller, Donald
Online Object] at -

DSED ONLNE

2017FA ENG-111-61HY CLASS
Anders, Marian
M,W,F at 8:58 AM - 9:48 AM

Online
CGSH CGSH1

DSED ONLNE

2017FA ENG-111-99 CLASS
Helms, Anne
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OFFC OFFC1

Employment opportunities include child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, Head Start Programs, and school age programs. Students planning to work in field of child care are required to undergo a criminal records check upon employment. In some cases, the individual’s criminal record could prohibit him/her from being employed in a child care facility. If you have questions regarding your own criminal record history, you need to contact the NC Division of Child Development at 800-859-0829 to discuss your employability. Other schools and agencies may have similar requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to find out about their own employability with any employer.

If a student is disqualified by the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education, the student will not be able to participate in any practicum or other practical experience.  This would include courses EDU 214 and EDU 284; therefore, the student would not be able to complete the diploma or associate degree in Early Childhood.

A Criminal Records Check may be required in some practicum placements.  The approximate cost is $50.

Early Childhood Faculty

Name Email Phone
Bunn, Joy Email Joy Bunn 336-506-4110
Doe, Shanina Email Shanina Doe 336-506-4021
Jones, Jennifer Email Jennifer Jones 336-506-4276
Ketcham, Kristina Email Kristina Ketcham 336-506-4118
Lankford, Melissa Email Melissa Lankford 336-506-4123
Blackwell, Marcus Email Marcus Blackwell email only
Blankenship, Drucilla Email Drucilla Blankenship email only
Riggins, Rhodus Email Rhodus Riggins email only
Thompson, Pamela Email Pamela Thompson email only
Warfield, Robin Email Robin Warfield email only