Early Childhood Education - Curriculum

The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from infancy through middle childhood 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 parents 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. Employment opportunities include child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start Programs, and school-age programs.

ECC is discontinuing the School Age Program due to lack of students. Early childhood students now have 3 pathways to choose depending on their interest.

There is a certificate program for curriculum students C55220C and High School Student C55220BH.

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Early Childhood Education - Program Outcomes

  1. Early Childhood students will demonstrate their understanding of child development and environmental influences on development and learning, and will be able to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children.
  2. Early Childhood students will be able to support and empower children and families by building trusting and respectful relationships and involving families and communities in their children’s development and learning.
  3. Early Childhood students will be able to use authentic assessment responsibly to make informed decisions to guide all children’s learning.
  4. Early Childhood students will be able to use developmentally effective approaches and teaching strategies.
  5. Early Childhood students will be able to use content knowledge effectively to build meaningful curricula.
  6. Early Childhood students will know and understand the value of professionalism, ethical conduct, and advocacy in the early childhood profession.

Program Outcomes Data

Number of Program Completers (past 3 years)—Full-time and Part-time

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[1] (at the time of completion)
2015–2016 27 41% 59%
2016–2017 18 28% 72%
2017–2018 12 42% 58%

Percentage who completed program within 3 years (150% of published time frame and 4 years (200% of published time frame)

Academic year in which a Fall cohort of full-time students enrolled at the institution Percentage of those students who completed the program within 150% of the published timeframe Percentage of those students who completed the program within 200% of the published time frame.
FT Enrolled Fall 2012–25 Completed by 2015
n=4 =16%
Completed by 2016
n=5 =20%
FT Enrolled Fall 2013–27 Completed by 2016
n=7 =26%
Completed by 2017
n=9 =33%
FT Enrolled Fall 2014–21 Completed by 2017
n=8 =38%
Completed by 2018
n=10 =48%

Average GPA of graduating class for past 3 years

Academic Year Outcome Measure Performance Data
2015—2016 Average GPA of 2016 graduates 2.965
2016—2017 Average GPA of 2017 graduates 3.248
2017–2018 Average GPA of 2018 graduates 3.360

Early Childhood Education - Contact

Jennifer Derby

Early Childhood Department Chair


Office 162, Barnes Building, Rocky Mount Campus
(252) 618-6673