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. Preparation for employment includes lectures, discussions, hands-on activities through labs and Work-Based Learning work experiences.
20 – 35
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. Many of the required classes can be taken in the evening, on the weekend, or online.
Employment: 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.
Salary: 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. Employment in a state or federally funded program generally brings higher starting salaries.
Tuition for students taking fewer than 16 semester hours is $76.00 per semester hour for in-state students and $268.00 per semester hour for out-of-state students. Students enrolled for six or more semester hours credit will be charged a $30 student activity fee and a $16 technology fee; those enrolled for less than six semester hours will be charged a $15 student activity fee and an $8 technology fee. No student activity will be charged during the Summer Term
The Early Childhood Associate in Applied Science Degree (A55220) at Wayne Community College is accredited by the Commission on Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1313 L Street NW, Suite 500, Washington DC 20005. (800) 424-2460 ext. 8007. The accreditation term runs from March 2016 through July 2020.