Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Associate curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from infancy through middle childhood 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 and nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communications skills with parents and children. Students will foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional, and creative development of young children.

Course Descriptions

Accreditation

The Early Childhood Education Program at Fayetteville Technical Community College has obtained NAEYC Higher Education Accreditation (NAEYC-accredited).

For more information in reference to this accreditation and what it means in regards to the Early Childhood Education program, please visit the NAEYC website.

Career Paths

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.

Employment Outlook
Early Childhood Associate (A55220)

Length: 5 Semesters
Prerequisite: High School Diploma, Placement Test Equivalent
Award: Associate in Applied Science

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Child Care Development Certificate (C55220C2)

Length: 2 Semesters
Prerequisite: High School Diploma, Placement Test Equivalent
Award: Certificate

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Child Care Professional Certificate (C55220C3)

Length: 2 Semesters
Prerequisite: High School Diploma, Placement Test Equivalent
Award: Certificate

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Lateral Entry Teacher Certificate (C55220C6)

Length: 2 Semesters
Prerequisite: Bachelor Degree, Placement Test Equivalent
Award: Certificate

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Special Education Certificate (C55220C7)

Length: 2 Semesters
Prerequisite: High School Diploma, Placement Test Equivalent
Award: Certificate

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High School Connections Program

Infant/Toddler Care Certificate (C55220H1)

Length: 2 Semesters
Prerequisite: High School Diploma, Placement Test Equivalent
Award: Certificate

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This curriculum prepares individuals pursuing administrating roles in diverse child care settings to effectively work with children, families and teachers. The certificate is composed of learning opportunities in developmental theories, competency and evidence-based professional knowledge, administrative skills and leadership qualities.

Course work includes foundations in early childhood education, physical/nutritional needs of young children, safety issues in the care of young children; communication and leadership skills with teachers, families and children; programming and staffing, budgeting/financial management and marketing, and rules and regulations of early childhood programs.

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Career Paths

Employment opportunities include entrepreneurship and/or management of child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Early Head Start and Head Start programs, and other programs.

Employment Outlook

Early Childhood Admininstration (C55850)

Length: 2 Semesters
Prerequisite: High School Diploma, Placement Test Equivalent
Award: Certificate

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This curriculum prepares individuals to work with preschool aged children (3-5) in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories, competency-based knowledge, and practice in actual settings with preschool children.

Course work includes child growth and development, physical/nutritional needs of preschool children, safety issues in the care of preschool children; care and guidance; communication skills with families and children; design and implementation of appropriate curriculum; and other related topics.

Course Descriptions

Career Paths

Graduates should be prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate preschool 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 other preschool programs.

Employment Outlook

Early Childhood Preschool Certificate (C55860)

Length: 2 Semesters
Prerequisite: High School Diploma, Placement Test Equivalent
Award: Certificate

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