Early Childhood Education

Program description:

With a degree, diploma or certificate in early childhood education, you will be ready to teach and care for children from birth to age eight. Job responsibilities can include planning and teaching.

The Early Childhood Education curriculum combines instruction with practicums under the supervision of qualified teachers. Students will learn theories that foster cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional and creative development of young children.

Coursework includes child growth and development; physical/nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communication skills with parents and children.

Employment opportunities:

Graduating as early childhood education practitioners, students will be equipped to seek employment at:

  • Child development and child care programs
  • Head Start programs
  • Preschools
  • Public and private schools
  • Recreational centers
  • School-age programs

Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates:

  • ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (TRANSFER PATHWAY)   |   2 Years to Complete
    Download Curriculum Map (A55220B)
  • ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (PRACTITIONER PATHWAY)   |   2 Years to Complete
    Download Curriculum Map (A55220A)
  • DIPLOMA IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION   |   2 Years to Complete
    Download Curriculum Map (D55220)   |   Print Gainful Employment Disclosure
  • CERTIFICATE IN PRESCHOOL   |   1 Year to Complete
    Download Curriculum Map (C55220C)
  • CERTIFICATE IN ADMINISTRATION   |   1.5 Years to Complete
    Download Curriculum Map (C55220D)
  • CERTIFICATE IN PRE-K SPECIAL EDUCATION   |   1 Year to Complete
    Download Curriculum Map (C55220F)
  • CERTIFICATE IN INFANT/TODDLER CARE   |   1 Year to Complete
    Download Curriculum Map (C55290)   |   Print Gainful Employment Disclosure
  • EDUCATION STARS   |   1-2 Years to Complete

To learn more about degree, diploma, and certificate programs in early childhood education, contact:
Sharon Little
Faculty, Early Childhood Education

Tonya Silas
Faculty, Early Childhood Education

Lauren Meseroll
Education Stars Director

Fedder R. Williams
Department Chair, Business and Public Service Technologies

Dr. Maria Lander
Dean, School of Professional Occupations and Public Services

Note: This program may transfer to a four-year institution. For more information, please contact the individual(s) listed above.

Accreditation

South Piedmont Community College’s AAS Degree Program in Early Childhood Education is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The NAEYC Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation system sets a national standard of excellence for early childhood programs in teacher preparation at the associate degree level.