Early Childhood Education
Associate in Applied Science Degree (A55220)
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.
The Early Childhood Education Program at Gaston College is nationally accredited by the NAEYC.
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.
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Early Childhood Education Degree
Early Childhood Education Diploma
Early Childhood Education Certificate
School Age Certificate
Special Needs Certificate
Lateral Entry Certificate
NC Administrative Crediential (NCAC Level 1)
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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.
Gaston College graduates receiving an associate of applied science degree in Early Childhood Education will know and apply the standards set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC):
Standard 1: Promoting Child Development and Learning
1a: Knowing and understanding young children’s characteristics and needs
1b: Knowing and understanding the multiple influences on development and learning.
1c: Using developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments.
Standard 2: Building Family and Community Relationships
2b. Supporting and empowering families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships
2b. Supporting and empowering families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
2c. Involving families and communities in their children’s development and learning.
Standard 3: Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families
3a. Understanding the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment.
3b. Knowing about and using observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches.
3c. Understanding and practicing responsible assessment.
3d. Knowing about assessment partnerships with families and other professionals.
Standard 4: Teaching and Learning
4a. Connecting with children and families
4b. Using developmentally effective approaches
4c. Understanding content knowledge in early education
Standard 5: Becoming a Professional
5a. Identifying and involving oneself with the early childhood field.
5b. Knowing about and upholding ethical standards and other professional guidelines.
5c. Engaging in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice.
5d. Integrating knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education.
5e. Engaging in informed advocacy for children and the profession.
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National Association of Educators of Young Children (NAEYC)
Partnerships for Children of Lincoln and Gaston Counties
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Department Chair, Human Services and Early Childhood Education: Ann Elliott
Office: KCC 223 and RCB 105
Phone: 704.922.2382 and 704-825-3737 ext. 311
You may contact the faculty and staff for any further questions.
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