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Early Childhood Certificate

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The Early Childhood Certificate program is designed to provide students minimum entry-level skills to work with children from infancy through early childhood. Employment opportunities include child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start
programs, and school-age programs.

Specific Requirements

  1. General college admission requirements.
  2. Three character/employee references by the first day of class.
  3. Criminal background checks are required prior to credentialing. According to GS 110-91(8), “No person shall be an operator of nor be employed in a child care facility who has been convicted of a crime involving child neglect, child abuse, or moral turpitude, or who is an habitually excessive user of alcohol or who illegally uses narcotic or other impairing drugs, or who is mentally or emotionally impaired to an extent that may be injurious to children.”

First Semester (Fall)

Subject Course Number Title Credit Hours
EDU 119 Intro to Early Childhood Education 4
EDU 146 Child Guidance 3
EDU 151 Creative Activities 3

Second Semester (Spring)

Subject Course Number Title Credit Hours
EDU 144 Child Development I 3
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3

Total Credit Hours Required


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