Early Childhood Associate

The Early Childhood Associate curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from children playinginfancy 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.

What will you learn?

•Childhood growth and development
•Physical and nutritional needs of children
•How to foster the language, social and
creative development of young children

Unique Opportunity

ACC operates a full-time child care facility on-site for students and the public.

What can you earn?

Associate in Applied Science Degree
Early Childhood Associate

Diploma
Early Childhood

Certificate
•Early Childhood
•Child Care Essentials
•Early Childhood Administration
•Early Childhood/School Age
•Infant/Toddler Care

Career opportunities

•Teachers and lead teachers in child care centers
•Teacher assistants in public school
•Operate a family child care center

Salary

Entry-level range: $7-$14 an hour
With five years’ experience: up to $17 an hour for teachers; up to $40,000 per year for administrators
(contingent on economy and geographic location)

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.

Contact us

For more information, call the Early Childhood department at 336-506-4118.

print Early Childhood Associate Terminal Non-Transfer (Day Option) • Semester by Semester

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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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Communication Elective 3 3
Semester Total 7 7
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Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 3
Semester Total 3 3
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Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 3
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Major Elective 3 3
Major Elective 3 3
Math/Science Elective 3 3
Semester Total 9 9
TOTAL CREDITS 22

print Early Childhood Associate Terminal Non-Transfer (Evening Option) • Semester by Semester

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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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Semester Total 4 4
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Communication Elective 3 3
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Humanities Elective 3 3
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Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 3
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Math/Science Elective 3 3
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TOTAL CREDITS 22

print Early Childhood Diploma • Semester by Semester

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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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Semester Total 4 4
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Communication Elective 3 3
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TOTAL CREDITS 10

printChild Care Essentials Certificate

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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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Semester Total 4 4

printEarly Childhood Administration Certificate

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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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Semester Total 4 4

printEarly Childhood Preschool Certificate

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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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Semester Total 4 4

printEarly Childhood/School Age Certificate

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printInfant/Toddler Care Certificate

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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.

Register for this class
Semester Total 4 4

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

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2020FA EDU-119-01H CLASS
Jones, Jennifer
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T,TH at 9:05 AM - 11:05 AM

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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
Blankenship, Drucilla Email Drucilla Blankenship email only
Daniels, Brooke Email Brooke Daniels email only
Doe, Shanina Email Shanina Doe 336-506-4021
Jones, Jennifer Email Jennifer Jones 336-506-4276
Ketcham, Kristina Email Kristina Ketcham 336-506-4118
Kroenung, Erin Email Erin Kroenung email only
Riggins, Rhodus Email Rhodus Riggins email only
Sykes, Caroline Email Caroline Sykes 336-506-4123