Contact(s): Christy Hopkins, Cyndie 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.
Upon successful completion of the Early Childhood Associate Degree, students will
be able to:
The Early Childhood Education degree will transfer to other Colleges and Universities:
A55220TL – Transfer B-K Licensure Track and A55220NL – Transfer Non-Licensure Track
will transfer to the 12 public universities that offer the Early Childhood or Child
and Family Development bachelor’s degrees.
Additionally, we have articulation agreements with three private colleges/universities:
Barton College, Catawba College and Gardner-Webb University to their Early Childhood
bachelor’s degree programs.
A55220CR – Career Ready Track is a non-transfer degree program.
Please work closely with your advisor to make sure you are in the right track to meet
your future goals.
Program is available online.
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Tuition-waived program for Career & College Promise (high school juniors and seniors)
NAEYC values the role of higher education in advancing the early childhood education
profession. NAEYC is the sole accreditor of early childhood degree programs. The mission
of the accreditation system is to set a standard of excellence for early childhood
degree programs and to recognize programs that have demonstrated they meet this standard,
thereby benefiting the early childhood profession, young children, families, and communities.
Stanly Community College has chosen to return to self-study for the Accreditation
of our early childhood associates in applied science programs in the summer of 2022
based on the transition from 2010 NAEYC Standards for Initial Early Childhood Professional
Preparation Programs to the 2021 Ensuring Quality in Early Childhood Education Professional
Preparation Programs: NAEYC’s Early Childhood Higher Education Accreditation Standards.
While we work to make changes to our courses to reflect the new Competencies and Standards
of Early Childhood professionals, our courses will maintain the level of standards
from the 2010 accreditation system. The Early Childhood Department values what NAEYC
stands for by using this common knowledge about the preparation of paraprofessionals
in the field of Early Childhood. Students should familiarize themselves with the NAEYC
Standards and key elements, which is how faculty determine students' competency in
the EDU courses throughout their course of study here at Stanly Community College.
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).
During this time of self-study, all course assignments and discussions will be updated
to the new standards and competencies for preparing early childhood professionals.
Below is the new standards and competencies:
All early childhood education associate degree graduates should be able to use skills
and knowledge to:
The Early Childhood Department of SCC follows the NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood
Professional Preparation, thus requiring field experiences in nearly every course.
Additionally, our college requires two different practicums (student teaching) courses
in which students must complete specified contact hours in a three star or higher
licensed child care facility in NC. 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 records 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
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