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Early Childhood Education

Do you enjoy working with children? The Early Childhood Associate program is nationally accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Group of children holding handsThe 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. Program Graduation Requirements: The Early Childhood Education Department has achieved National Accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The standards for students are rigorous and require students to perform at a minimum competency level. Due to the minimum competency level expected for graduates, the Education Department requires a grade of “C” or higher on all required Education Courses for graduation with a certificate, diploma, or degree.

Please see the catalog for more information about the degree, diploma, and certificate options for this curriculum.


Are you interested in a career in Early Childhood Education?

Do you want to know more information about the Early Childhood program at CVCC?

Please log into your Blackboard site, and visit the Early Childhood Connections page. We regularly post employment opportunities that are available in our community.


Aden Cranford
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4575

Andra Ingle
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4515


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