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Early Childhood EducationA55220

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The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from birth through eight in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers. Coursework includes child growth and development; physical/nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communication skills with families 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.

The Early Childhood Education program pathways are designed for students who are currently working in or plan to enter the Early Childhood field upon graduation. Students can choose from 3 different pathways depending upon their career goals.

The Early Childhood: Birth-Kindergarten Teacher Transfer Pathway is designed for students who intend to transfer to a four-year college/university in order to earn their Birth-Kindergarten degree & Teaching Licensure.

The Early Childhood: Non-Licensure Transfer Pathway is designed for students who intend to transfer to a four-year college/university in order to earn their Early Care & Education degree & work with children & families in a non-teaching environment.

The Early Childhood: Non-Transfer Pathway is designed for students who do NOT wish to transfer to a four-year college/university.

The Early Childhood Education Program at Nash Community College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, (1401 H Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 232-8777). The current accreditation term runs from March 2022 through March 2024.

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Program Outcomees

2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Number of Program Completers 17 10 25
Program Completion Rate Overall 24% 56% 12%
Fall to Fall Retention Rate 45% 47% 46%
Average GPA of Graduating Class 3.3 3.0 3.5