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Early Childhood Education

The mission of the Early Childhood Education program is to prepare individuals to provide and maintain quality learning environments to children ages birth through middle childhood in home- and center-based licensed early childhood programs.  Additionally, the transfer paths will prepare students in continuing their education in a bachelor’s degree program focusing on Birth Through Kindergarten Teacher Education or Early Childhood Administration.  Students will gain knowledge of theory-based best practices for engaging and interacting with young children and will apply this knowledge in approved community-based practicum experiences while being supervised by qualified child care providers and faculty.

Course work includes required observation and practical experiences in licensed child care facilities. For successful completion of this portion of coursework, students must submit a Letter of Qualification from the NC Division of Child Development by completing a criminal back ground check and submit a Tuberculin test or screening. Any fees incurred in this process are the responsibility of the student. Failure to comply with these requests could result in withdrawal from the program.

For more information regarding the Early Childhood Education program, contact Melissa Rees, Department Chair at 252-493-7276 or mrees@email.pittcc.edu.

Early Childhood Education Student Policy Handbook

Child Development and Child Care Programs
Public and Private Schools
Recreational Centers
Head Start Programs
School-Age Programs

Early Childhood Education
Child, Family, and Community
Child Development I & II
Child Guidance
Creative Activities
Health, Safety, and Nutrition
School Age Development and Programs
Children with Special Needs
Infants, Toddlers, and Twos
Educational Technology
Exploration Activities
Curriculum Planning
Early Childhood Administration I & II
Language & Literacy Experiences
Co-op Work Experience
Intern Practicum
Capstone Practicum
Foundations of Education
Teacher Licensure Prep
Autism Technical Concepts COMING SOON

These programs focus on enhancing the skills and knowledge base of early childhood educators for their important work with young children, as well as prepares students for transfer to 4-year programs in the field of Birth through Kindergarten Teacher Licensure and Program Administration.