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Early Childhood Education


  • Associate in Applied Science 
  • Diploma
  • Certificate

See also: Infant/Toddler Care (Certificate)

Program Description
The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from birth through eight years old in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers. Course work includes child growth and development; physical/ nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communication skills with families and children. Students will foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional, and creative development of young children.

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.

NOTE: Graduates of the Early Childhood Education AAS degree program may continue their education at RCC and earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Birth-Kindergarten Education through a partnership with Greensboro College. Learn more here.

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