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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 - Education

Degree Curriculum

To complete the degree, 37 credit hours from Early Childhood Education Diploma (D55220) must be included in A55220C.

Two Semesters

WBL-110 World of Work 1
EDU-251 Exploration Activities 3
EDU-280 Language and Literacy Experiences 3
EDU-216 Foundations of Education 3
EDU-221 Children With Exceptionalities 3
EDU-259 Curriculum Planning 3
EDU-284 Early Childhood Capstone Practicum 4
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
ENG-112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3
MAT-143 Quantitative Literacy 3
CIS-110 Introduction to Computers 3
COM-231 Public Speaking 3
PSY-243 Child Psychology 3

Humanities Electives: Select one course from the following: ART 111, MUS 110, or PHI 240

Total credits needed to graduate: 38 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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