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. Preparation for employment includes lectures, discussions, hands-on activities through labs and Work-Based Learning work experiences.
Average Class Size:
20 – 35
Things to Consider:
- The Early Childhood Education Licensure Transfer Track and Non-Licensure Track Degrees at Wayne Community College currently have transfer agreements with all public North Carolina 4-year schools that allow you to continue your education and start as a junior towards a bachelor’s degree.
- 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.
- Transfer to the University of Mount Olive to complete a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education (B-K) or a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education (B-K) and Licensure. Check out more details (PDF).
Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates Available
- 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.
Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure
In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education’s rules regarding Professional Licensure Programs effective July 1, 2020, disclosure is provided for all states indicating whether this program meets licensure requirements, does not meet licensure requirements, or has not been determined for each state.
Early Childhood Education Licensure Disclosure
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 $24,200 to $31,200. Employment in a state or federally funded program generally brings higher starting salaries.