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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.


The program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children-Early Childhood Higher Education Programs (NAEYC) .

CFCC ECE Accreditation Documentation,

National Association for the Education of Young Children
1313 L St. NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005

Curriculum Information

Early Childhood Education Infant/Toddler Care Certificate
Early Childhood Education Preschool Certificate
Early Childhood Education CTE Pathway – Infant/Toddler Care Certificate (for high school students)
Early Childhood Education CTE Pathway – Preschool Certificate (for high school students)
Early Childhood Education Diploma
Early Childhood Education Career Track AAS
Early Childhood Education Non-Licensure Transfer
Early Childhood Education – B-K Licensure Transfer

NC Credential Certificates

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)

Related Links


NC Association for the Education of Young Children

NC Division of Child Development and Early Learning

NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development

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

Frank Porter Graham

Smart Start of New Hanover County

NC Institute for Child Development Professionals

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