Early Childhood Education

photo of two female Early Education studentsYou will be confident knowing your ability to create relevant curriculum and apply appropriate teaching principles that meet the needs of young children. With this program, you can find a job as a teacher in an early childhood development center, a teacher’s aide in a public school, or even start your own child development center.  


Teacher Assistant
Perform duties that are instructional in nature or deliver direct services to students or parents. Serve in a position for which a teacher has ultimate responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services. Median Salary:  $19,400

Preschool Teacher
Instruct preschool-aged children in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth in preschool, day care center, or other child development facility.  Median Salary:  $20,700

Transfer Agreements

There are transfer agreement options for this program with Claflin University, SC State University and the University of South Carolina

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Associate Degrees:
Early Care and Education 
  Arts and Science Concentration 
  Business Concentration 
  Occupational Concentration

Early Childhood Development
Early Childhood Development

School Districts
Head Start Programs
Child Daycare facilities

Name of Program: Associate Degree, Early Care and Education and Related Certificates
Program Student Learning Outcomes:
• Create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child.
• Create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and involve all families in their children’s development and learning.
• Use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence the development of every child.
• Use a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and families and positively influence each child’s development and learning.
• Use their own knowledge and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curriculum that promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for every young child.
• Use ethical guidelines and other professional standard related to early childhood practice to advocate for sound educational practices and policies.
• Demonstrate self-assessment and self-advocacy.
• Master and apply foundational concepts from general education.
• Use written and verbal skills.
• Make connections between prior knowledge/experience and new learning.
• Organize written papers in APA style and use only credible early childhood journals.