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Early Childhood Education

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Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Early Childhood Education program will help prepare you to work with children from infancy through middle childhood. You’ll learn the skills needed to plan and implement programs that help foster children’s cognitive, language, physical, social, emotional and creative development.

Course work includes child growth and development, physical and nutritional needs, care and guidance, and child/parent communication skills.

Transferring to a Four-Year College or University

Elizabeth City State University, East Carolina University (ECU) and most of the University of North Carolina system universities have 2+2 transfer programs in early childhood education. Students interested in becoming a certified elementary teacher (K-6) should consider pre-majoring in elementary education.

For more information about 2+2 programs, please visit ECU transfer program.

Licensing Forms

North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education Childcare Administrators Education and Equivalency Form (DCDEE.0173)

Early Childhood Education Administration Application

North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education Childcare Providers Education and Equivalency Form (DCDEE.0169)

Early Childhood Education Credentials Application

Careers

Employment opportunities include:

  • Child development and childcare programs
  • Preschools, public and private schools
  • Recreational centers
  • Head Start and school-age programs

Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website to read the occupational outlook handbook for Early Childhood Education careers:

Childcare Workers

Preschool Teachers

Curriculum Guides

First Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Prerequisites: DRE 098 3 0 0 3 3
WBL 110 World of Work (non-transfer track)
or
none 1 0 0 1 1
ACA 122 College Transfer Success (must take for transfer track) none 0 2 0 2 1
EDU 119 Introduction to ECE none 4 0 0 4 4
EDU 144 Child Development I Corequisites: DRE 097, ENG 002, or ENG 111 3 0 0 3 3
EDU 146 Child Guidance Corequisites: DRE 097, ENG 002, or ENG 111 3 0 0 3 3
EDU 153 Health, Safety and Nutrition Corequisites: DRE 097, ENG 002, or ENG 111 3 0 0 3 3
Total Semester Hours 17 0-2 0 17-18 17
First Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines Prerequisite: ENG 111 3 0 0 3 3
Natural Science/Mathematics
MAT 110 (non-transfer track)
or
MAT 143 (must take for transfer track)
Prerequisites for MAT 110: DMA 010-030
Prerequisites for MAT 143: DMA 010-050 and DRE 098
2 2 0 4 3
PSY 150 General Psychology Prerequisite: DRE 098 3 0 0 3 3
EDU 131 Child, Family, and Community Corequisites: DRE 097, ENG 002, or ENG 111 3 0 0 3 3
EDU 145 Child Development II Corequisites: DRE 097, ENG 002, or ENG 111 3 0 0 3 3
EDU 151 Creative Activities Corequisites: DRE 097, ENG 002, or ENG 111 3 0 0 3 3
Total Semester Hours 17 2 0 19 18
Second Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
Social/Behavioral Science Option
(see list)
Prerequisite: DRE 098 3 0 0 3 3
Humanities Option (see list) Prerequisite: DRE 098 3 0 0 3 3
COM 110 Intro to Communications (non-transfer track)
or
COM 231 Public Speaking (must take for transfer track)
Prerequisite for COM 110: DRE 098
Prerequisite for COM 231: ENG 111
3 0 0 3 3
CIS 111 Basic PC Literacy (non-transfer track)
or
CIS 110 Intro to Computers (must take for transfer track)
Prerequisite for CIS 111: none
Prerequisites for CIS 110: DRE 098 and DMA 010-050
1 – 2 2 0 3 – 4 2 – 3
EDU 221 Children with Exceptionalities Prerequisites: EDU 144 and EDU 145
Corequisites: DRE 098, ENG 002, or ENG 111
3 0 0 3 3
Early Childhood Elective: See ECE options: non-transfer track option one or transfer track options two or three Prerequisites: varies according to course 3 0 0 3 3
Total Semester Hours 16 – 17 2 0 18 – 19 17 – 18
Second Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
EDU 234 Infants, Toddlers and Twos Prerequisite: EDU 119
Corequisites: DRE 098, ENG 002, or ENG 111
3 0 0 3 3
EDU 280 Language and Literacy Experiences Corequisites: DRE 098, ENG 002, or ENG 111 3 0 0 3 3
EDU 284 Early Childhood Capstone Practicum Prerequisites: EDU 119, EDU 144, EDU 145, EDU 146, and EDU 151
Corequisites: DRE 098, ENG 002, or ENG 111
1 9 0 10 4
Early Childhood Elective: See ECE options: non-transfer track option one or transfer track options two or three Prerequisites: varies according to course 3 0 0 3 3
Biological Science (see list)
(must take for transfer track)
none 3 3 0 6 4
Natural Science (see list)
(must take for transfer track)
none 3 2 – 3 0 5 – 6 4
Total Semester Hours — non-transfer track 10 9 0 19 13
Total Semester Hours — transfer track 16 14 – 15 0 30 – 31 21
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree — non-transfer track 65
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree — transfer track 74

Humanities Options

(must take three credits for non-transfer track and transfer track)

  • ART 111 Art Appreciation
  • ART 114 Art History Survey I
  • ART 115 Art History Survey II
  • MUS 110 Music Appreciation
  • MUS 112 Introduction to Jazz
  • PHI 215 Philosophical Issues
  • PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics

Social /Behavioral Sciences Options

(must take three credits for non-transfer track and transfer track)

  • ECO 251 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECO 252 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • HIS 111 World Civilization I
  • HIS 112 World Civilization II
  • HIS 131 American History I
  • HIS 132 American History II
  • POL 120 American Government
  • SOC 210 Introduction to Sociology

Biological Science

(must take four credits for transfer track)

  • BIO 110 Principles of Biology or BIO 111 General Biology I

Natural Science

(must take four credits for transfer track)

  • AST 111 and AST 111A Descriptive Astronomy and Lab or CHM 151 General Chemistry I

Early Childhood Options

Option one: non-transfer track
Take one set of the following as Early Childhood Electives:
EDU 235 School-Age Development — Corequisites: DRE 098, ENG 002, or ENG 111
EDU 216 Foundation of Education — Corequisites: DRE 098, ENG 002, or ENG 111
or
EDU 261 Early Childhood Administration I (should be taken in conjunction with EDU 261)
Corequisites: DRE 098, ENG 002, or ENG 111 and EDU 119
EDU 262 Early Childhood Administration II (should be taken in conjunction with EDU 261)
Prerequisites: EDU 261, EDU 119, and DRE 098

Transfer Track Specialty Areas

Required specialty subject areas for students pursuing Early Childhood Education birth to kindergarten transfer per the Early Childhood Articulation Agreement (ECAA); Not required for non-transfer students.

Option two: transfer track – Birth to Kindergarten (B-K) Licensure
Take one set of the following as Early Childhood Electives:
EDU 216 Foundation of Education (must take if transferring for Birth-Kindergarten Licensure)
Corequisites: DRE 098, ENG 002, or ENG 111
EDU 250 Teacher Licensure Preparation (unless requirement is met by ACT/SAT scores – then take EDU 235)
Prerequisites: (1) ENG 111 and MAT 143 or (2) ENG 111 and MAT 152 OR (3) ENG 111 and MAT 171
or
EDU 216 Foundation of Education (must take if transferring for Birth-Kindergarten Licensure)
Corequisites: DRE 098, ENG 002, or ENG 111
EDU 235 School-Age Development (take only if you do not need EDU 250)
Corequisites: DRE 098, ENG 002, or ENG 111

Option three: transfer track — Non-Teaching Licensure
Take the following set as Early Childhood Electives:
EDU 261 Early Childhood Administration I (should be taken in conjunction with EDU 262)
Corequisites: DRE 098, ENG 002, or ENG 111 and EDU 119
EDU 262 Early Childhood Administration II (should be taken in conjunction with EDU 261)
Prerequisites: EDU 261, EDU 119, and DRE 098

First Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
EDU 119 Introduction to ECE none 4 0 0 4 4
EDU 145 Child Development II Corequisites: DRE 097, ENG 002, or ENG 111 3 0 0 3 3
EDU 146 Child Guidance Corequisites: DRE 097, ENG 002, or ENG 111 3 0 0 3 3
EDU 153 Health, Safety and Nutrition Corequisites: DRE 097, ENG 002, or ENG 111 3 0 0 3 3
Total Semester Hours 13 0 0 13 13
First Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
EDU 131 Child Family and Community Corequisites: DRE 097, ENG 002, or ENG 111 3 0 0 3 3
Total Semester Hours 3 0 0 3 3
Total Semester Hours Required for Certificate 16
First Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
EDU 119 Introduction to ECE none 4 0 0 4 4
EDU 144 Child Development I Corequisites: DRE 097, ENG 002, or ENG 111 3 0 0 3 3
EDU 153 Health, Safety and Nutrition Corequisites: DRE 097, ENG 002, or ENG 111 3 0 0 3 3
Total Semester Hours 10 0 0 10 10
First Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
EDU 131 Child Family and Community Corequisites: DRE 097, ENG 002, or ENG 111 3 0 0 3 3
EDU 234 Infants, Toddlers and Twos Prerequisite: EDU 119
Corequisites: DRE 098, ENG 002, or ENG 111
3 0 0 3 3
Total Semester Hours 6 0 0 6 6
Total Semester Hours Required for Certificate 16