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Early Childhood Education (A55220)

The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from birth through eight 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.

This program includes field experience assignments. In addition to tuition, books and fees, students who are not already employed in an early childhood facility or school-based classroom can expect to incur additional fees (TB test, physical, drug screening, background check) ranging from $150 to $300 depending on the provider.  

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.

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Early Childhood Education Certificate (C55220E)

This certificate program is designed to provide individuals with the skills for careers in Early Childhood Education, birth to kindergarten, through courses that cover the physical and psychological development of children, strategies for classroom management, and development of age-appropriate classroom activities. Students apply their knowledge through hands-on experience (practicum) at a daycare facility. Upon successful completion, graduates will earn an Early Childhood credential which enables them to work in childcare facilities in North Carolina. Courses within this certificate may be applied to an Associate Degree in Early Childhood.

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Please complete the following four steps to complete the admissions process.

Step 1: Complete an RCC Application for Admission.

Step 2: Complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). You will need to enter RCC’s school code: 002958.

Step 3: Request an OFFICIAL transcript from your high school/GED and all colleges attended. You may bring sealed copies of your transcripts to us, or institutions can send transcripts directly to RCC’s Admissions Office.

Step 4: Come by our office in person to speak with an admissions counselor who will discuss your program of study and placement test requirements

See the RCC Catalog for more information.