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Early Childhood Associate

What is Early Childhood Associate? 

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.

Early ChildhoodCourse 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. 

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Typical Courses

  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • Child, Family, and Community
  • Child Development
  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition
  • Child Guidance
  • Creative Activities
  • School-Age Development and Program
  • Children with Exceptionalities
  • Infants, Toddlers, and Twos - Early Childhood Administration
  • Educational Technology
  • Language and Literacy Experiences
  • Exploration Activities
  • Curriculum Planning
  • Early Childhood Literature

Student Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of the WCC Early Childhood Associate Program will:

  • Create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging based on their knowledge of child development.
  • Create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and involve all families in their children's development and learning.
  • Use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence children's development.
  • Integrate functional concepts to develop and design, implement, and evaluate experiences using developmentally appropriate practice.
  • Recognize and demonstrate ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice

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Contact Information:



Miller, Melissa
Lead Instructor, Early Childhood Education
A.A., Wilkes Community College
B.S and M.A., Appalachian State University