Early Childhood Associate Program

The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from birth through eight 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 families 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.

Program Information

  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • Child, Family, and Community
  • Child Development
  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition
  • Child Guidance
  • Creative Activities
  • Children with Exceptionalities
  • Infants, Toddlers, and Twos
  • Early Childhood Administration
  • Language and Literacy Experiences
  • General Psychology
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

In March 2018, the UNC Board of Governors and State Board of Community Colleges approved “The University of North Carolina Baccalaureate of Birth-Kindergarten and Early Childhood Related Programs and North Carolina Community College System Applied Associate in Early Childhood Education Programs” Uniform Articulation Agreement. Transfer licensure and transfer non-licensure options are available.

NC Public Universities (A55220A and A55220B) Uniform Articulation Agreement
Appalachian State University
Gardner-Webb University
Western Governors University

Contact Information

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Melissa Miller, MA
Lead Instructor - Early Childhood Education
Phone: 336-838-6587
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