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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.

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.

Program Contacts:

Kayla Norman

Lead Instructor - Early Childhood Education

Degree Curriculum

Fall Semester

ACA-122 College Transfer Success 1
EDU-119 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 4
EDU-144 Child Development I 3
EDU-153 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
PSY-150 General Psychology 3

Spring Semester

EDU-131 Child, Family, and Community 3
EDU-145 Child Development II 3
EDU-146 Child Guidance 3
EDU-151 Creative Activities 3
EDU-234 Infants, Toddlers, and Twos 3
MAT-171 Precalculus Algebra 4
OR
MAT-143 Quantitative Literacy 3

Fall Semester

ART-111 Art Appreciation 3
OR
MUS-110 Music Appreciation 3
OR
PHI-240 Introduction to Ethics 3
BIO-111 General Biology I 4
EDU-221 Children With Exceptionalities 3
EDU-280 Language and Literacy Experiences 3
Transfer Elective 3
ENG-112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3

Spring Semester

PHY-110 Conceptual Physics 3
OR
PHY-110A Conceptual Physics Lab 1
OR
CHM-151 General Chemistry I 4
COM-231 Public Speaking 3
EDU-216 Foundations of Education 3
EDU-250 Teacher Licensure Preparation 3
EDU-284 Early Childhood Capstone Practicum 4
Social Science Elective 3

Total credits needed to graduate: 74 Hours

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.

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