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Early Childhood Education

Do you have passion for working with young children? The Early Childhood Education Program will sharpen your skills and prepare you to become a competent early childhood professional.

The mission of the CFCC Early Childhood Associate Degree Program is to prepare individuals for careers in the early childhood profession. The program aims for individuals to attain content knowledge and understanding of theories, approaches, standards, and competencies needed in building relationships and working with young children (infancy through middle childhood) and their families.

Our focus is to integrate students’ knowledge and understanding in theories of child development; children’s social, emotional, cognitive, creative, language and physical development; authentic assessment, and developmentally appropriate practices with hands-on experiences involving young children in diverse settings. Students combining theory and content knowledge with field experiences will be better prepared to provide quality childcare and education and become competent early childhood professionals.

Curriculum Information

Early Childhood Education Career Track A.A.S. (A55220C)
Early Childhood Education – B-K Licensure Transfer (A55220L)
Early Childhood Education – Preschool Certificate (C55220PE)
Early Childhood Education Diploma (D55220)
Early Childhood Education Non-Licensure Transfer (A55220NL)
Early Childhood Education-Infant / Toddler Care Certificate(C55220IT)
Early Childhood Education-Infant/Toddler CTE Pathway (C55220IP) for High School Students
Early Childhood Education – Preschool Certificate CTE Pathway (C55220PP) for High School Students

NC DCDEE Credentials

Issued through the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education Workforce Education Unit after successfully completing the following community college coursework

NC Early Childhood Credential

NCECC = Intro to Early Childhood Education (EDU 119)

NC School-Age Child Care Credential

NCSACCC = Child Development II (EDU 145 ) and School-Age Development and Program (EDU 235 )

or Child Development II (EDU 145) and School-Age Program Administration (EDU 263)

NC Child Early Childhood Administrator Credential

NCECAC = Early Childhood Administration I (EDU 261) and Early Childhood Administration II ( EDU 262)

Accreditation

The Career Track A.A.S., B-K Licensure Transfer, and the Non-Licensure Transfer Associate Degrees, at Cape Fear Community College are accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children .

The current accreditation term runs from 7/2019 through 7/2026.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
1401 H. St. NW, Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20005

Student Success

Program Completers
Academic Year Number of program completers % of program completers who were attending full-time (at the time of completion) % of program completers who were attending part-time (at the time of completion)
2018/19 6 0 100%
2019/20 8 0 100%
2020/21 3 33% 67%
Program Completion Rate
Academic Year Percentage of those candidates who completed the program within 150% of the published timeframe Percentage of those candidates who completed the program within 100%, 200% (twice) or 300% (three times) of the published time frame (Please circle, underline or bold the indicator above on which the program will report.)
2016-2017 10% NA
2017-2018 10% 10%
2018-2019 NA NA
Institutional Selected Data
Academic Year % of Part-Time Candidates Enrolled in the Program (% of Total Enrollment) Retention Rate among Part-Time Candidates % of Full-Time Candidates Enrolled in the Program (% of Total Enrollment) Retention Rate among Full-Time Candidates
2018-2019 73% (29) 41% 28% (11) 64%
2019-2020 72% (42) 40% 28% (16) 31%
2020-2021 66% (29) 28% 34% (15) 33%

Related Links

NAEYC
naeyc.org

NC Association for the Education of Young Children
NCaeyc.org

NC Division of Child Development and Early Learning
ncchildcare.dhhs.state.nc.us

Child Care Services Association info on T.E.A.C.H., Wages, Child care, etc
childcareservices.org

Frank Porter Graham
fpg.unc.edu

Smart Start of New Hanover County
newhanoverkids.org

NC Institute for Child Development Professionals
ncicdp.org

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