Home > Programs of Study > College Credit Programs > Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

With a degree, diploma or certificate in early childhood education, you will be ready to teach and care for children from birth to age eight. Job responsibilities can include planning and teaching.

The Early Childhood Education curriculum combines instruction with practicums under the supervision of qualified teachers. Students will learn theories that foster cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional and creative development of young children.

Coursework includes child growth and development; physical/nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communication skills with parents and children.

Graduating as early childhood education practitioners, students will be equipped to seek employment at:

child development and child care programs
Head Start programs
public and private schools
recreational centers
school-age programs


The following credentials are possible with this program:

Early Childhood Education - Degree (A55220)

Early Childhood Education - Diploma (D55220)

Early Childhood Education - Administration Certificate (C55220D)

Early Childhood Education - Preschool Certificate (C55220C)

Early Childhood Education - Pre-K Special Education Certificate (C55220F)

Gainful Employment Information

School of Applied Science and Technology
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

South Piedmont has an extensive selection of Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree programs developed for occupational fields. Emphasizing career preparation, these programs of study provide in-depth career preparation and General Education courses so that students are prepared with knowledge or skills in a specialized area.

Note: The coursework for an AAS degree can be completed in two years. The AAS degree program is not designed as a college transfer program; however, because of bilateral agreements with several four-year colleges and universities, courses taken as part of AAS programs may be accepted for transfer credit.

To begin your program of study, call the Enrollment Hotline at 704-272-5391 or send an email to admissions@spcc.edu.

Enrolled students should consult their academic advisors about the transferring process.

Come to class once a month!

Most classes are offered completely online. The following blended classes give students the chance to meet and interact in person:

  • EDU 151-1B1 Creative Activities will be offered on the Polkton campus one time a month Tuesdays from 6:30 - 9:20 p.m.
  • EDU 284-1B1 Early Childhood Capstone Practicum will be offered on the Poklton campus one time a month on Mondays from 6:30- 8:20 p.m.

Early Childhood Education faculty

Sharon Little
Early Childhood Education
Carilyn Raymond
Carilyn Raymond
Early Childhood Education