Early Childhood Education

Contact(s): Christie Honeycutt, Christy Hopkins, Cynthia Osborne, Jaime Shelton

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 who earn an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education will have opportunities to work in a variety of early childhood settings or potentially go further towards a Bachelor's degree in Child Development/Early Childhood or the Birth-Kindergarten Licensure. Students who wish to purse a Bachelor's beyond the AAS in Early Childhood should work with their advisor closely.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging for ALL children;
  • Design and implement developmentally effective curriculum that addresses all domains of learning;
  • Support and empower ALL children, families and communities through trusting and respectful reciprocal relationships;
  • Use authentic assessment responsibly to make informed decisions to guide ALL children's learning;
  • Communicate effectively using standard written and verbal skills when teaching;
  • Utilize technology to enhance learning for ALL children; and,
  • Serve as a leader, advocate and a professional in the field of early education.

Accreditation

Stanly Community College's AAS Degree Program in Early Childhood is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The NAEYC Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation system sets a standard of excellence for early childhood programs that prepare teachers at the associate degree level. The NAEYC associate degree standards are based on current research in early childhood development and learning. The accreditation standards are performance based and describe what well-prepared graduates of associate degree programs should know and be able to do.

The Early Childhood Education degree will transfer to other Colleges and Universities:

  • BS in Birth-Kindergarten with Teacher Certification (Barton College)
  • BS in Human Development and Family Studies B-K (UNC-Greensboro)
  • BS in Child and Family Development BK (UNC-Charlotte)
  • BS in Education Birth-Kindergarten Major (Catawba College)

Please work closely with your advisor to make sure you area taking the correct courses for transfer.


Early Childhood Education – Associate in Applied Science – A55220

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
ACA 111 College Student Success 1
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 3
EDU 119 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 4
EDU 144 Child Development I 3
EDU 146 Child Guidance 3
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
ENG 112
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
or Professional Research Reporting
3
EDU 131 Child, Family, and Community 3
EDU 145 Child Development II 3
EDU 153 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
EDU 184 Early Childhood Introductory Practicum 2
 Credit Hours14
Summer
EDU 151 Creative Activities 3
EDU 234 Infants, Toddlers, and Twos,Infants, Toddlers, & Twos 3
 Credit Hours6
Second Year
Fall
EDU 162 Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education 3
EDU 259 Curriculum Planning 3
EDU 221 Children With Exceptionalities 3
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy 3
Social Science Elective * 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
EDU 280 Language and Literacy Experiences 3
EDU 284 Early Childhood Capstone Practicum 4
Elective 6
Humanities Elective * 3
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours68

Major Electives

Select 6 hours from the following:
EDU 154Social/Emotion/Behavior Development3
EDU 157Active Play3
EDU 235School-Age Development and Programs3
EDU 251Exploration Activities3
EDU 261Early Childhood Administration I3
EDU 262Early Childhood Administration II3

*Please see the Suggested Humanities and Social/Behavioral Science Elective List for AAS Majors webpage.

 

Early Childhood Education Diploma Option – D55220

Program is available online.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
ACA 111 College Student Success 1
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 3
EDU 119 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 4
EDU 144 Child Development I 3
EDU 146 Child Guidance 3
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
ENG 112
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
or Professional Research Reporting
3
EDU 131 Child, Family, and Community 3
EDU 145 Child Development II 3
EDU 153 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
EDU 184 Early Childhood Introductory Practicum 2
 Credit Hours14
Summer
EDU 151 Creative Activities 3
EDU 234 Infants, Toddlers, and Twos,Infants, Toddlers, & Twos 3
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours37

Early Childhood Education School Age Certificate Option – C55220SA

Program is available online.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Plan of Study Grid
FallCredit Hours
EDU 131 Child, Family, and Community 3
EDU 145 Child Development II 3
EDU 153 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
EDU 146 Child Guidance 3
EDU 157 Active Play 3
EDU 235 School-Age Development and Programs 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours18

Early Childhood Education Social/Emotional Development Certificate Option – C55220SE

Program is available online.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Plan of Study Grid
FallCredit Hours
EDU 144 Child Development I 3
EDU 145 Child Development II 3
EDU 146 Child Guidance 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
EDU 153 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
EDU 154 Social/Emotion/Behavior Development 3
EDU 162 Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours18

Early Childhood Certificate Option – Infant/Toddler Care – C55290

Program is available online.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

ACA 111College Student Success1
EDU 119Introduction to Early Childhood Education4
EDU 131Child, Family, and Community3
EDU 144Child Development I3
EDU 153Health, Safety and Nutrition3
EDU 234Infants, Toddlers, and Twos,Infants, Toddlers, & Twos3
Total Credit Hours17

Early Childhood Infant/Toddler - CCP

Tuition-waived program for Career & College Promise (high school juniors and seniors)

Program is available online.

EDU 119Introduction to Early Childhood Education4
EDU 131Child, Family, and Community3
EDU 144Child Development I3
EDU 153Health, Safety and Nutrition3
EDU 234Infants, Toddlers, and Twos,Infants, Toddlers, & Twos3
Total Credit Hours16

Early Childhood Administration Certificate Option – C55850

Program is available online.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Plan of Study Grid
FallCredit Hours
ACA 111 College Student Success 1
EDU 119 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 4
EDU 261 Early Childhood Administration I 3
 Credit Hours8
Spring
EDU 131 Child, Family, and Community 3
EDU 153 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
EDU 262 Early Childhood Administration II 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours17

Early Childhood Preschool Certificate Option – C55860

Program is available online.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Plan of Study Grid
FallCredit Hours
ACA 111 College Student Success 1
EDU 119 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 4
EDU 146 Child Guidance 3
 Credit Hours8
Spring
EDU 131 Child, Family, and Community 3
EDU 145 Child Development II 3
EDU 153 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours17

Early Childhood Preschool  - CCP

Tuition-waived program for Career & College Promise (high school juniors and seniors)

Program is available online.

Plan of Study Grid
FallCredit Hours
ACA 111 College Student Success 1
EDU 119 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 4
EDU 146 Child Guidance 3
 Credit Hours8
Spring
EDU 131 Child, Family, and Community 3
EDU 145 Child Development II 3
EDU 153 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours17

Mission/Conceptual Framework

The mission of the Early Childhood Department at Stanly Community College is to impact the lives of children from birth to age eight and their families, by producing well-rounded professionals with skills to meet the needs of children and families.

The Conceptual Framework at Stanly Community College is what sets us apart and reinforces our values that observation, documentation, and assessment are central to inform planning through play and drive instruction. Appropriate Successful Strategies in Early Childhood Education using Standards to enhance Skills (ASSESS).

NAEYC Standards

The early childhood program strives to prepare students to learn, understand, and apply Associate Degree standards related to the field of Early Childhood set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Through the intentional design of activities and assignments in all the courses in the program, students will have the opportunity to ascertain competency in the NAEYC Standards for Associate Degree students.

All early childhood education associate degree graduates should be able to use skills and knowledge to:

  1. Promote Child Development and Learning
    • Knowing and understanding young children's characteristics and needs
    • Knowing and understanding the multiple influences on development and learning
    • Using developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments
  2. Build Family & Community Relationships
    • Knowing about and understanding diverse family and community characteristics
    • Supporting and engaging families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships
    • Involving families and communities in their children's development and learning
  3. Observe, Document and Assess to Support Young Children and Families
    • Understanding the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment
    • Knowing about and using observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches
    • Understanding and practicing responsible assessment to promote positive outcomes for each child
    • Knowing about assessment partnerships with families and with professional colleagues
  4. Use Developmentally Effective Approaches to Connect with Children and Families
    • Understanding positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation of their work with children
    • Knowing and understanding effective strategies and tools for early education
    • Using a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching/learning approaches
    • Reflecting on their own practice to promote positive outcomes for each child
  5. Use Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum
    • Understanding content knowledge and resources in academic disciplines
    • Knowing and using the central concepts, inquiry tools, and structures of content areas or academic disciplines
    • Using their own knowledge, appropriate early learning standards, and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curricula for each child.
  6. Become A Professional
    • Identifying and involving oneself with the early childhood field
    • Knowing about and upholding ethical standards and other professional guidelines
    • Engaging in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice
    • Integrating knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education
    • Engaging in informed advocacy for children and the profession

Additional Information

The Early Childhood Department of SCC is accredited by NAEYC, which requires students to have field experiences in nearly every course. Field experiences will require students to complete one or more assignments in each course in a three-star or higher licensed child care facility. In NC, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Criminal Records Unit mandates a criminal records check for all individuals working with young children. Once the criminal records check has been completed eligible students will receive a “Qualifying Letter”. This process typically takes up to four to six weeks once the complete package is submitted. Therefore, applicants accepted for admission to the Early Childhood program at SCC, who are not already employed in a licensed child care facility, are strongly urged to complete a criminal records check. Students choosing not to complete the criminal record check may be refused entry by a child care facility, and will therefore be unable to complete course requirements. Child care facilities also have the right to require immunization records, a TB test, and a drug screening. Students are advised to keep these records up to date.

When registering for the practicum courses, in the Early Childhood Associate Degree program, students not currently employed in an approved child care facility will be placed by the EDU practicum faculty. At this point, students will be required to have a “Qualifying Letter” from DHHS, a negative TB test result, immunization records, and a drug screening prior to placement.  Additionally, students must meet sensory, strength, and mobility requirements necessary to work with children.

Students unable to obtain a “Qualifying Letter” from DHHS may not be eligible to work in licensed early childhood facilities, and may not be able to complete the Early Childhood program.

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