Early Childhood Education

Would you like to play for a living? If so, Early Childhood Education is just the field for you! You will study child development, care and guidance of children, communication skills in working with parents and children, as well as methods of helping young children learn. The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares graduates to work with young children in child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, NC Pre-K and Head Start programs. Starting salaries can vary depending on the employment setting and geographical area, but the average salary range could be from $13,000 to $16,500. Preparation for employment includes lectures, discussions, hands-on activities through labs and Work-Based Learning work experiences. Wayne Community College currently has bilateral transfer agreements with UNC-G and UNC-W to continue preparation to become a birth-through-kindergarten-licensed teacher.

Credentials available: Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Administrator’s Certificate, Early Childhood Education Certificate, and Infant/Toddler Care Certificate.

Average Class Size: 20 – 35 students

Things to Consider: Upon successful completion of the Introduction to Early Childhood Education course, you are qualified to receive the N.C. Child Care Credential. Successful completion of Early Childhood Administration I and II courses, along with seven additional semester hours in Early Childhood Education, will qualify you to receive the N.C. Early Childhood Administrator’s Credential. Employment in a state or federally funded program generally brings higher starting salaries.