Early Childhood Education - A55220


The Early Childhood Education program at Nash Community College is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation.

The Early Childhood Education 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/nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communication skills with parents 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.

Download the Early Childhood Associate Curriculum Checksheet.

Course Requirements

1st Semester (Fall)
ACA 122 College Transfer Success 
EDU 119 Intro. to Early Childhood Education 
EDU 131 Child, Family, & Community
EDU 144 Child Development I 
EDU 146 Child Guidance 
ENG 111 Writing & Inquiry 

2nd Semester (Spring)
EDU 145 Child Development II
EDU 151 Creative Activities
EDU 153 Health, Safety & Nutrition
*EDU 184 Early Childhood Introductory Practicum
EDU 234 Infants, Toddlers and Twos 
* Contact the ECE Program Director or your EDU 184 instructor to obtain additional information about the requirements needed BEFORE this course begins!

3rd Semester (Summer)
ENG 114 Professional Research & Reporting
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers
COM 110 Introduction to Communication 

4th Semester (Fall)
EDU 221 Children with Exceptionalities
EDU 259 Curriculum Planning 
EDU 271 Educational Technology
EDU 280 Language & Literacy Experiences
Choose (1)
EDU 222 Learners with Behavior Disorders
EDU 251 Exploration Activities
EDU 261 Early Childhood Administration I

5th Semester (Spring)
Choose (1)
EDU 282 Early Childhood Literature 
EDU 248 Developmental Delays 
EDU 262 Early Childhood Administration II 
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 
* EDU 284 Early Childhood Capstone
* Contact the ECE Program Director or your EDU 284 instructor to obtain additional information about the requirements needed BEFORE this course begins!

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