Early Childhood Education, AAS

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Program Intro

The Early Childhood Education–A55220A curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from birth through eight 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 families and children. Students will foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional, and creative development of young children.

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  • EDU 119 – Intro to Early Child Educ
    This course introduces the foundations of early childhood education, the diverse educational settings for young children, professionalism, and planning intentional developmentally appropriate experiences for each child.
  • ENG 111 – Writing and Inquiry
    This course is designed to develop the ability to produce clear writing in a variety of genres and formats using a recursive process.


  • EDU 146 – Child Guidance
    This course introduces evidence-based strategies to build nurturing relationships with each child by applying principles and practical techniques to facilitate developmentally appropriate guidance.
  • EDU 282 – Early Childhood Literature
    This course covers the history, selection, and integration of literature and language in the early childhood curriculum.


  • COM 231 – Public Speaking
    This course provides instruction and experience in the preparation and delivery of speeches within a public setting and group discussion.
  • SOC 210 – Introduction to Sociology
    This course introduces the scientific study of human society, culture, and social interactions.


  • EDU 221 – Children with Exceptionalities
    This course introduces children with exceptionalities, their families, support services, inclusive/diverse settings, and educational/family plans based on the foundations of child development.
  • EDU 280 – Language/Literacy Experiences
    This course provides evidence-based strategies for enhancing language and literacy experiences that align with NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development.


  • EDU 251 – Exploration Activities
    This course covers fundamental concepts in the content areas of science, technology, engineering, math, and social studies through investigative experiences.
  • EDU 284 – Early Child Capstone Prac
    This course is designed to allow students to demonstrate acquired skills in a three-star (minimum) or NAEYC accredited or equivalent, quality early childhood environment.

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Who to Contact

For more information:
Jane Gridley
Early Childhood Associate Program Chair/Instructor

Southeast Bldg. (Bldg 10), Room 107
Phone: (252) 527-6223, ext. 405
Fax: (252) 233-6879
Email: jbgridley56@lenoircc.edu

For more information:
Caroline Murphrey
Tutorial Lab Manager

Science/LAP (Building 027), Room 121
Phone: (252) 527-6223, ext. 972
Fax: (252) 233-6867
Email: cwmurphrey81@lenoircc.edu

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