Education and Child Development

Start a Meaningful Career in Education or Child Development

At Pitt Community College, the mission of our Education and Child Development Department is to prepare you for careers in early childhood development and educational settings for children ages birth through high school. We offer program options in:

  • Licensed Family Childcare Homes for Ages Birth Through 5
  • Licensed Center-Based Early Childhood Education Programs
  • NC Pre-K Programs
  • Public School Education Programs

Our transfer paths prepare you to continue your education in bachelor’s degree programs focusing on teacher licensure in birth through secondary education or human development and family studies. You will gain knowledge of theory-based best practices for engaging and interacting with young children and will apply this knowledge in approved community-based experiences while being supervised by qualified educators and faculty.

Experiential learning in education and child development

Education and early childhood development coursework includes required observation and practical experiences in licensed childcare facilities and public schools. To successfully complete this portion of coursework, you may be required to submit a Letter of Qualification from the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education or other requested criminal back as well as a Tuberculin test or screening. Any fees incurred in this process are your responsibility. Failure to comply with these requests could result in withdrawal from the program.

For more information regarding the Education and Child Development program, contact Melissa Rees, Department Chair at 252-493-7276 or mdrees975@my.pittcc.edu.

You can view other education and child development policies in our student handbook.

Why Choose Pitt Community College for Education and Child Development?

At Pitt Community College, you will gain knowledge of theory-based best practices for engaging and interacting with children. You will also have the opportunity to apply this knowledge in approved community-based experiences while being supervised by qualified educators and faculty. Other program highlights include:

  • Experienced faculty. Our faculty are held to a higher standard of education than the minimum NC CCS requirements. Early childhood instructors must have a master’s level degree in a specific field of child development or early childhood education — not a related field – or 18 master’s level hours in the discipline. Additionally, all faculty are strongly encouraged to have or maintain their NC teaching license, if eligible. Our faculty are consistently nominated for Teacher of Excellence awards each year.
  • Hands-on facilities. We received funding to create a model preschool classroom in Summer 2023. This is a teaching and learning lab for students and can be utilized during class time as well as outside of class time. Additionally, the lab program will be incorporated into videos for our online students.
  • Personal career advising. You have access to the career services program, which offers a variety of services such as career assessments, interviewing skills, the job application process, and resume and document development. Presentations are offered periodically in curriculum courses. You can also complete practical job-seeking experiences in several classes. Some courses incorporate creating a LinkedIn profile, having headshots completed, and creating resumes as part of the course curriculum.

Career Opportunities for Education and Early Childhood Development Graduates

Our graduates use their education and human development knowledge to go on to work in Head Start programs, private childcare programs, and public schools as teaching assistants. You will also be qualified to open your own family and childcare programs.

With your degree in a Teacher Preparation Program or the Administration and Licensure tracks of the early childhood education programs, you will be ready to transfer to a four-year institution to earn your bachelor’s degree and/or your teaching license and teach in public and private educational programs.

With a two-year or four-year degree, you could go on to work in:

  • Child development and childcare programs
  • Preschools
  • Public and private schools
  • Recreational centers
  • Head Start programs
  • School-age programs
  • Public elementary, middle, and high school programs

“Such a wonderful team. I am so thankful for my Education and Child Development instructors.”

Jessica Hart

Class of 2021

Child Development and Child Care Programs
Public and Private Schools
Recreational Centers
Head Start Programs
School-Age Programs
Public Elementary, Middle, and High School 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
General Education

Our Education and Childhood Development program focuses on teaching the skills and human development knowledge base of educators of all ages for their important work with children. Transferable degrees are designed to allow graduates to transfer to four-year programs in the field of birth through kindergarten, elementary, middle grades, higher education and special education teacher licensure programs, as well as early childhood administration.