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Early Childhood Education

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The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from birth through age eight in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.

Program Outcomes:

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.

Occupational Outlook:

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. For a listing of common Early Care & Education occupations in NC, copy and paste the following link into your browser to access the Careers in Early Childhood Guide:

Additional Information:

Prior to practicum coursework requirements, the student may be required by their practicum site, to furnish a statement signed by a licensed physician that indicates the student is emotionally and physically fit to care for children and an initial test showing the student to be free of active tuberculosis. Effective January 1, 1996, the General Assembly passed legislation requiring all child-care providers to receive a criminal history records check. Prior to the practicum coursework requirements, student also may be required to submit a Certified Criminal History Check from the Clerk of Superior Court’s office and a completed fingerprint card for submission to the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) for criminal history check. (Section 2700 of Subchapter 3U-Child Day Care Rules on Criminal Records Check). The N.C. Division of Child Development requires completers of EDU 119 to be high school or GED graduates before issuing the North Carolina Early Childhood Credential (NCECC).

Students with a felony conviction may have limited certification and employment opportunities and may not be able to complete the Early Childhood Education degree.

Click here for our program's mission and conceptual framework.

JCC Child Development Center
The JCC Early Childhood Education program is fortunate and proud to house a NC Five Star Rated (out of five stars) and Nationally Accredited (National Association for the Education of Young Children) child care facility, the JCC Child Development Center. All students in the Early Childhood Education A.A.S. program will have opportunities to observe and practice in the JCC CDC.


For more information, contact:
Admissions Office
(919) 209-2128

Erin Smith
Director of Early Childhood and Allied Health Programs
(919) 209-2148
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