Early Childhood Education Program

student teaching two toddlersDurham Tech’s Early Childhood Education Associate Degree program prepares individuals to work with children from birth through eight 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 families 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.

Students enrolled in the associate degree program, must complete practicum experiences in approved early childhood settings. Prior to enrolling in any course that requires direct contact with children students must complete a criminal background check, a tuberculin skin test, and a health assessment.

In addition to the associate’s degree, the program offers three certificates:

  • Child Care Administration and Management
  • Child Development
  • Infant/Toddler Care

The courses in the certificates are also courses in the associate's degree.

This program offers the North Carolina Early Childhood Credential course (EDU 119) and the Early Childhood Administration Credentialing courses (EDU 261 and EDU 262).

Early Childhood Education courses are taught in various learning formats (on campus, online, in eight-week mini-sessions, and as hybrid course) and on Saturdays.

Job opportunities are available in many settings, including:

  • Child development and child care programs
  • Preschools
  • Public and private schools
  • Pre-K based programs
  • Head Start programs
  • Recreational centers

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Durham Tech’s Early Childhood Education Associate Degree program is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).