New Early Childhood Education Associate Degree in Fall
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New Early Childhood Education Associate Degree in Fall

New Early Childhood Education Associate Degree Tracks Begin this Fall

Beginning in fall 2018, Gaston College is offering three new Early Childhood Education degree tracks. The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees are in Early Childhood Education—Career Ready, Early Childhood Education—Transfer, and Early Childhood Education—Transfer with Licensure.

The Early Childhood Education—Career Ready A.A.S. track prepares individuals to work with children from infancy through middle childhood in diverse learning environments. Students will naeyc logocombine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.

Employment opportunities in this field include child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start programs, and school-age programs.

The Early Childhood Education—Transfer A.A.S. track builds on the Career Ready track and also provides an opportunity for a seamless transfer to the University of North Carolina Bachelor in Early Childhood Non-teaching Licensure, with the corresponding bachelor’s degree title. Students must meet applicable admissions criteria and policies designated by the UNC institution of their choice, and must earn admission into that institution. The following universities participate in this Bachelor in Early Childhood Non-teaching Licensure option:

  • East Carolina University: Family and Community Services, Child Development Concentration
  • Elizabeth City State University: Child, Family and Community
  • Fayetteville State University: Birth-Kindergarten Non-Teaching
  • North Carolina Agriculture and Technical University: Child Development and Family Studies
  • North Carolina Central University: Family Consumer Sciences, Child Development and Family Relations Concentration
  • University of North Carolina Greensboro: Early Care and Education
  • Western Carolina University: Early Childhood
  • Winston-Salem State University: Early Intervention and Preschool Concentration or Business Optional Concentration

The Early Childhood Education—Transfer with Licensure A.A.S track includes the preparation and employment opportunities outlined in the Career Ready track description, and provides an opportunity for a seamless transfer to a bachelor’s degree in Birth-Kindergarten Teaching licensure program. Students must meet applicable admissions criteria and policies designated by the UNC institution of their choice, and must earn admission into that institution. The following universities participate in this UNC System Bachelor in Birth-Kindergarten Teaching Licensure option:

  • Appalachian State University
  • East Carolina University
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • Western Carolina University
  • Winston-Salem State University

“With the need for early childhood teachers becoming critical, a state-wide articulation agreement was created to allow for a smooth transition into state universities’ Birth to Kindergarten programs,” said Eileen Yantz, Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator. “Two out of the three new tracks allow for easy transferring to a N.C. university; one is to obtain teaching licensure. The Career Ready track allows for concentration in Early Childhood at the associate degree level, while earning five focus certificates: Infant/Toddler, Early Childhood, Early Learning, Preschool, and Special Needs. All community colleges in the state have the same articulation agreement, but only Gaston has five certificates being earned with the degree.”

For more information about the Early Childhood Education program at Gaston College, contact Eileen Yantz at 704-922-6533 or yantz.eileen@gaston.edu, or visit www.gaston.edu/health-human-services/early-childhood-education. 

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