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.

naeyc accredited early childhood higher education program

The AAS in Early Childhood Degree Program at Haywood 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 July 2015 through July 2022.

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Degrees

Suggested Schedule for 2018-2019 (Updated Jul 23, 2018)

Associate In Applied Science Degree (AAS) A55220

Fall Semester 1
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
ACA-115(Career Option Only) Success and Study Skills 0 2 0 1
or ACA-122 College Transfer Success 0 2 0 1
EDU-119 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 4 0 0 4
EDU-131 Child, Family, and Community 3 0 0 3
EDU-144 Child Development I 3 0 0 3
EDU-151 Creative Activities 3 0 0 3
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 0 3
Total: 17
Spring Semester 1
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
EDU-145 Child Development II 3 0 0 3
EDU-146 Child Guidance 3 0 0 3
EDU-234 Infants, Toddlers, and Twos 3 0 0 3
Humanities/Fine Arts 3 0 0 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 0 0 3
Total: 15
Summer Semester 1
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
EDU-153 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3 0 0 3
EDU-221 Children With Exceptionalities 3 0 0 3
Total: 6

Students may choose from the following tracks to meet their individual goals in the Early Childhood field:

Early Childhood Education Birth-Kindergarten Licensure Transfer Track (A55220BK)

Fall Semester 2
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
BIO-111 General Biology I 3 3 0 4
CHM-151 General Chemistry I 3 3 0 4
COM-231 Public Speaking 3 0 0 3
EDU-216 Foundations of Education 3 0 0 3
ENG-112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3 0 0 3
Total: 17
Spring Semester 2
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
EDU-250 Teacher Licensure Preparation 3 0 0 3
MAT-143 Quantitative Literacy 2 2 0 3
PSY-150 General Psychology 3 0 0 3
EDU-280 Language and Literacy Experiences 3 0 0 3
EDU-284 Early Childhood Capstone Practicum 1 9 0 4
Total: 16

Total Credit Hours: 71

Early Childhood Education-Early Education Non-Licensure Transfer Track (A55220TR)

Fall Semester 2
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
BIO-111 General Biology I 3 3 0 4
CHM-151 General Chemistry I 3 3 0 4
COM-231 Public Speaking 3 0 0 3
ENG-112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3 0 0 3
PSY-150 General Psychology 3 0 0 3
Total: 17
Spring Semester 2
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
EDU-261 Early Childhood Administration I 3 0 0 3
EDU-262 Early Childhood Administration II 3 0 0 3
EDU-280 Language and Literacy Experiences 3 0 0 3
EDU-284 Early Childhood Capstone Practicum 1 9 0 4
MAT-143 Quantitative Literacy 2 2 0 3
Total: 16

Total Credit Hours: 71

Early Childhood Education-Career Option (Non-Transfer) Track (A55220CO) - This track is designed to prepare the student to work in Early Childhood Program.

Fall Semester 2
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
COM-120 Intro to Interpersonal Communication 3 0 0 3
or COM-231 Public Speaking 3 0 0 3
or ENG-112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3 0 0 3
EDU-216 Foundations of Education 3 0 0 3
EDU-261 Early Childhood Administration I 3 0 0 3
EDU-262 Early Childhood Administration II 3 0 0 3
EDU-280 Language and Literacy Experiences 3 0 0 3
Total: 15
Spring Semester 2
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
Elective 3 0 0 3
MAT-143 Quantitative Literacy 2 2 0 3
EDU-284 Early Childhood Capstone Practicum 1 9 0 4
Natural Science and Mathematics 3 0 0 3-4
Total: 13-14

Total Credit Hours: 66-67

Electives: Choose at least 6 hours from the following courses
EDU-154 Social/Emotion/Behavior Development 3 0 0 3
EDU-235 School-Age Development and Programs 3 0 0 3
EDU-251 Exploration Activities 3 0 0 3
EDU-259 Curriculum Planning 3 0 0 3
Natural Science and Mathematics: Choose at least 3 hours from the following courses
BIO-111 General Biology I 3 3 0 4
CHM-151 General Chemistry I 3 3 0 4
MAT-143 Quantitative Literacy 2 2 0 3
MAT-152 Statistical Methods I 3 2 0 4