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Program Overview

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. 

Course 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. 

Career and College Promise:

This program is offered through our Career and College Promise Dual Enrollment program.

Employment Opportunities:

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.

Online Program Information: Surry offers this program online. Go to Online Learning for more information.

Technical Standards:

Program Contacts:

Kayla Norman

Lead Instructor - Education

Diploma Curriculum

To complete the diploma, 16 credit hours from Early Childhood Education Certificate (C55220/X) OR 16 credit hours from Infant/Toddler Care Certificate (C55290/X) must be included in D55180.

EDU-144 Child Development I 3
EDU-145 Child Development II 3
EDU-151 Creative Activities 3
EDU-234 Infants, Toddlers, and Twos 3
EDU-146 Child Guidance 3
EDU-152 Music, Movement, and Language 3
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
PSY-150 General Psychology 3
EDU-216 Foundations of Education 3
EDU-251 Exploration Activities 3

Total credits needed to graduate: 27 Hours

Certificate Curriculum

EDU-119 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 4
EDU-153 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
EDU-131 Child, Family, and Community 3
EDU-145 Child Development II 3
EDU-146 Child Guidance 3

Total credits needed to graduate: 16 Hours

This certificate is offered to high school students through the Career and College Promise (CCP) program (C55220X).

CCP students should complete this certificate over two semesters.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and explain the multiple interacting influences that impact learning and development among young children.
  • Identify and explain the important and complex characteristics of children's families and communities.
  • Identify and employ a variety of assessment tools that promote development and learning in young children.
  • Design and implement activities that promote development and learning between children and families.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct as members of the early childhood profession.

Program Costs

Degree In-State Out-of-State
Tuition and Fees $5,400.00 $20,000.00
Books and Supplies $4,000.00 $4,000.00
Total Cost $9,400.00 $24,000.00
Diploma In-State Out-of-State
Tuition and Fees $3,088.50 $10,384.50
Books and Supplies $1,170.25 $1,170.25
Total Cost $4,258.75 $11,554.75
Certificate In-State Out-of-State
Tuition and Fees $1,299.00 $4,371.00
Books and Supplies $669.50 $669.50
Total Cost $1,968.50 $5,040.50

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