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Early Childhood Education

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Amanda White
Early Childhood Education

Dr. Tracy Crump
Early Childhood Education

Watauga Campus:
Linda Allbritton
Early Childhood Education
828-297-3811 ext. 5276

The Early Childhood Education Program’s mission is to prepare individuals in providing quality care and education with children from infancy through middle childhood in diverse learning environments. Graduates will be prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate practices in a variety of child care settings. It is our mission to provide early childhood students with support to build community relationships that impact the lives of young children and families.

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The Early Childhood 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.

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.

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CCC&TI offers several different educational programs in this area:

Learn more about careers in Early Childhood Education.

Emphasis is placed on :

  • child growth and development
  • physical/nutritional needs of children
  • care and guidance of children
  • communication skills with parents and children

For more information about course descriptions or required courses, refer to the current CCC&TI Course Catalog and its corresponding Addendum. Courses in the Early Childhood program are taught during the day and evening, and some courses are available through Distance Learning.

Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, Employment of childcare workers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for childcare workers are expected to be favorable.

The median annual salary for childcare workers was $20,320 (9.77 per hour) in 2015.

To learn more about employment outlook and work environment in the Early Childhood Education field, visit CCC&TI's Career Coach site for the following programs:
Career Coach logo Associate Degree: Early Childhood Education
Career Coach logo Diploma: Early Childhood Education
Career Coach logo Certificate: Child Care Operator
Career Coach logo Certificate: School-Age provider
Career Coach logo Certificate: Teacher Caregiver
Career Coach logo Certificate: Infant/Toddler

In the past decade, early childhood education has become widely recognized as important for children’s development. Childcare workers often work alongside preschool teachers as assistants. This continued focus on the importance of early childhood education, in addition to increases in the number of children in this age group, will spur demand for preschool programs and thus for childcare workers as well.

Gainful Employment Program Information

There are no additional costs for this program outside of tuition, fees, books, and supplies.

Childcare teachers typically do the following:

  • Supervise and monitor the health and safety of children in their care
  • Prepare meals and organize mealtimes and snacks for children
  • Organize activities or implement a curriculum that allow children to learn about the world and explore interests
  • Develop schedules and routines to ensure that children have enough physical activity, rest, and playtime
  • Watch for signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring the problems to the attention of parents
  • Keep records of children’s progress, routines, and interest

Childcare workers introduce babies and toddlers to basic concepts, such as manners, by reading to them and playing with them. For example, they teach young children how to share and take turns by playing games with other children.

Childcare workers often help preschool-age children prepare for kindergarten. Young children learn from playing, solving problems, questioning, and experimenting. Childcare workers use play and other instructional techniques to help children’s development. For example, they use storytelling and rhyming games to teach language and vocabulary. They may help improve children’s social skills by having them work together to build something in a sandbox or teach math by having children count when building with blocks. They may involve the children in creative activities, such as art, dance, and music.

Childcare workers also often watch school-age children before and after school. They help these children with homework and take them to afterschool activities, such as sports practices and club meetings.

During the summer, when children are out of school, childcare workers may watch older children as well as younger ones for the entire day while the parents are at work.

Information taken from US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

Additional career information can be found at:
Careers in Early Childhood: A National Directory, 4th Edition

North Carolina Child Care Workforce Report

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The early childhood education program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation for demonstrating substantial compliance with national professional standards for early childhood education {1313 L Street, NW., Washington DC 20005 Telephone 202-232-8777}.

NAEYC sets national standards for programs that prepare early childhood teachers of children from birth through age 8.

The NAEYC Early Childhood Professional Preparation Standards:

  1. Promoting child development and learning
  2. Building family and community relationships
  3. Observing, documenting, and assessing to support young children and families
  4. Using developmentally effective approaches to connect with children and families
  5. Using content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum
  6. Becoming a professional


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