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

General Education
COM 110 Introduction to Communication
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry
ENG 114 Professional Research & Reporting
HUM 115 Critical Thinking
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy
PSY 150 General Psychology

Major Core Courses
EDU 119 Intro. to Early Childhood Education
EDU 131 Child, Family, & Community
EDU 144 Child Development I
EDU 145 Child Development II
EDU 146 Child Guidance
EDU 151 Creative Activities
EDU 153 Health, Safety & Nutrition
EDU 221 Children with Exceptionalities
EDU 234 Infants, Toddlers and Twos
EDU 271 Educational Technology
EDU 280 Language & Literacy Experiences
EDU 284 Early Childhood Capstone Practicum

Other Major Courses
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers
EDU 184 Early Childhood Introduction Practicum
EDU 259 Curriculum Planning
EDU 261 Early Childhood Administration I
EDU 118 Principles & Practices of Instr. Asst.
EDU 222 Learners with Behavior Disorders
EDU 248 Developmental Delays
EDU 262 Early Childhood Administration II
EDU 222 Learners with Behavior Disorders
EDU 248 Developmental Delays
EDU 251 Exploration Activities
EDU 282 Early Childhood Literature

Other Requires Courses
ACA 122 College Transfer Success

Total Semester Hour Credits for AAS Degree 74

Selections may be made from the following list after speaking with an Early Childhood advisor.
EDU 118 Principles and Practices of Instructional Assistants.
EDU 222 Learners with Behavior Disorders
EDU 248 Developmental Delays
EDU 251 Exploration Activities
EDU 261 Early Childhood Administration I
EDU 262 Early Cihldhood Administration II

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