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Early Childhood Education Career Track (A55220C)

Associate in Applied Science

The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with all children from infancy through middle childhood in diverse, inclusive learning environments.

Throughout the Early Childhood Education program, students will gain knowledge and understanding of foundational theories of child growth, development, and learning, observation and assessment, planning, domains of development, guidance, and ways to effectively communicate with parents, children, and other professionals in the field. Learning opportunities and course assignments provide students with a strong foundation in evidenced-based and current principles to work with children, families, and the community. Students will show competency in the program by integrating learned theories with practice in early childhood settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.

Students in the career track will have opportunities to work in a variety of settings with young children and families upon graduation.

Course Sequence

First Fall Semester Course List
Course Course Name Class Lab Credit
EDU 119 Early Childhood Education 4 0 4
EDU 131 Child, Family, & Community 3 0 3
EDU 144 Child Development I 3 0 3
EDU 145 Child Development II 3 0 3
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 3
Total 16 0 16
First Spring Semester Course List
Course Course Name Class Lab Credit
EDU 146 Child Guidance 3 0 3
EDU 151 Creative Activities 3 0 3
EDU 153 Health, Safety & Nutrition 3 0 3
EDU 234 Infants, Toddlers, and Twos 3 0 3
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy 2 2 33
Total 14-15 2 15-16
Summer Semester Course List
Course Course Name Class Lab Credit
SOC 210 Introduction to Computers 3 0 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
Total 6 0 6
Second Fall Semester Course List
Course Course Name Class Lab Credit
COM 231 Public Speaking 3 0 3
EDU 221 Children with Exceptionalities 3 0 3
EDU 280 Language & Literacy Experiences 3 0 3
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines 3 0 3
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 3
Total 15 0 15
Second Spring Semester Course List
Course Course Name Class Lab Credit
EDU 216 Foundations of Education 3 0 3
EDU 222 Learners with Beh Disorders 3 0 3
EDU 261 Early Childhood Administration I 3 0 3
EDU 262 Early Childhood Administration II 3 0 3
EDU 284 Early Childhood Capstone Practicum 1 9 4
Total 13 9 16

Total Credits: 68

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective– Choose one of the following:

UGETC: ART 111, ART 114, ART 115, MUS 110, MUS 112, PHI 215, PHI 240

Employment Competencies

Upon successful completion, graduates will be able to do the following:

  • Use research- based knowledge on the developmental period of early childhood, individual uniqueness variations for each child, and development and learning in cultural contexts to make evidence-based decisions that support each child.
  • Use community resources to support children’s learning and development while supporting families, building partnerships between early learning settings, schools, and community organizations and agencies.
  • Create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive and inclusive for all children.
  • Design and implement developmentally effective curriculum that addresses all domains of learning and utilize technology to enhance learning for all children.
  • Support and empower children, families and communities through trusting and respectful reciprocal relationships.
  • Use authentic assessment responsibly to make informed decisions to guide children’s learning.
  • Communicate effectively in the classroom and other professional settings.
  • Serve as a leader, advocate and professional in the field of early education.
  • Use the NAEYC code of ethics as a guide to make ethical decisions regarding children and families.

Employment Outlook

Growth numbers are the big story when it comes to early childhood educator jobs throughout North Carolina. Many of these positions will see 10 percent increases by 2026, adding to already impressive numbers in each category. That translates to a lot of openings in almost every part of the state.

General Education Outcomes

Rockingham Community College has three general education outcomes:

Communication: Students will communicate using the conventions appropriate for the intended academic or professional audience.

Information Literacy: Students will locate, evaluate, and use appropriate information for academic and professional tasks.

Critical Thinking: Students will analyze information and ideas and develop reasoned solutions to academic or professional problems. 

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