Early Childhood Associate

The Early Childhood Education 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.

To teach a child is to touch a life forever!

Course work includes child 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.
The Early Childhood Associate is a 66-68 credit hour degree. Early Childhood course work is generally offered online and on campus in the evenings. General Education courses are generally offered at a variety of times and in a variety of methods.

Skills Learned

  • Demonstrate knowledge of child development, education, and developmental theory.
  • Plan and implement developmentally appropriate experiences that stimulate the domains of developmen and learning for all children.
  • Establish and maintain safe and healthy learning environments.
  • Provide optional learning environments which will support the diverse needs of all children.
  • Develop positive relationships with children and utilize positive child guidance techniques to support children’s learning and social and emotional development.
  • Establish respectful and collaborative relationships with all families.
  • Identify and utilize resources and tools that support children, families, and early childhood professionals.
  • Demonstrate professionalism and ethical conduct.
  • Perform program/degree-specific responsibilities.

Personal Attributes

Successful individuals in this field have a strong desire to work with children and show patience, understanding
and respect in their dealings with others, especially in the area of child-centered application and practice.

Strengths should also include organizational skills, an ability to work as a member of a team, effective communication skills, a strong sense of responsibility and an ability to manage time effectively.

Career Options

  • Child development and home and center-based child care programs
  • Preschools, public and private schools
  • Recreational centers
  • Head Start programs
  • School-age programs.

Post-Graduate Study Options

  • Attend East Carolina University and work toward a degree in Birth-Kindergarten Education.
  • Attend UNC-Wilmington & UNC-Greensboro with two years credit toward a four degree in Child Development.
  • Attend Barton College in Wilson, NC.

Program Options and Downloadable Checklists for required classes in each program option.

Learn more, contact Neil Callahan
252-249-1851 × 3042

To enroll contact Admissions.