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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 three to five years old. Employment opportunities include child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, and school-age programs.

Specific Program Requirements

  1. General college admission requirements.
  2. According to GS 110-91, “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 a 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.”
  3. Prior to the second semester of coursework, students must submit an Early Education Criminal Record Check Qualification Letter from the Division of Child Development and Early Education. (

Courses requiring a grade of C or better:  EDU

First Semester

EDU 119
4 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 145
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 151
3 Credit Hour(s)

Second Semester

EDU 146
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 259
3 Credit Hour(s)

Curriculum is based on the 2019-20 catalog.

  • 16 Total Credit Hours Required