Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Program offers high quality, engaging learning experiences that connect students to children, families, and to the profession. Students participate actively in the college classroom and in the field with young children of different ages in a variety of settings. Small class sizes and close relationships with faculty and other students create a welcoming environment. Certificates build into a diploma, and an associate and then into a transferable degree. Several career tracks are available.

Credentials Available
Associate Degree, Diploma, Certificate

Potential Careers for Graduates

Preschool teachers, teacher assistants, special education assistants, family child care owners, directors of child development centers, and transferability for a four year birth-kindergarten licensure (B-K Licensure and Non-Licensure Tracks). We have partnered with the College Transfer Program to offer the new Associate of Arts and Associate of Science in Teacher Preparation degrees through our department. Our department now supports students who desire to teach not only early childhood education but also K-12 education teacher preparation in response to the growing need for qualified teachers for all ages in North Carolina, particularly in our region. The Education Department is committed to teacher preparation for children of all ages.

Where Do Graduates Work in McDowell County and Western NC?

If you graduate with an Associate in Applied Science Degree or a Certificate in Early Childhood Education at MTCC, you will be prepared for jobs in:

  • Child Development and Child Care Programs
  • Preschools (NCPreK and Universal PreK)
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Recreational Centers
  • Head Start Programs

Typical Salary (Entry-Level)

With a two year degree $22,000. This varies depending on the child care center or the school system. Certificates and diplomas usually start out for less. For the students who transfer on to complete the Birth-Kindergarten degree, the starting salary for NCPre-K or Kindergarten is 34,000. The starting per hour pay for part time employment is between 10.00 and 15.00 per hour.

Typical Salary (Mid-Career)

With a two year degree after ten years in McDowell county, the average salary would be aroun $30,000.  If the student transfers on to complete a four year Birth-Kindergarten degree, the mid-career salary is approximately $50,000.

Why Choose this Program?

If you have a passion for nurturing young growing minds, enriching young people’s lives, and influencing the next generation, a career in early education is for you.

The early childhood education program at MTCC can be accessed on campus as well as online for those who wish to be considered distance education students. As a student enrolled in any of the early childhood/teacher prep education programs, you will be exposed to real-world situations through hands-on experience to better prepare you for a career in the field. The degree options offer various career choices and avenues to advance your educational goals at affordable costs to students. Financial Aid is available to qualified students.

Credentials Available:

  • A55220C (Associate Degree)

  • A55220L (Associate Degree)

  • A55220N (Associate Degree)

  • D55220C (Diploma)

  • C55220C (Certificate)

  • C55220S (Certificate-Special Education)