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Early Childhood Education, Teacher Training (Associates)

A55220C (Associate Degree) D55220C (Diploma)
C55220C (Certificate)
C55290C (Certificate-Infant Toddler Care)
C55850 (Certificate- Early Childhood Administration

The Early Childhood Education 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.

Graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in early childhood settings. Employment opportunities include child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start Programs, and school-age programs.

In addition to the courses listed below, students may be required to take transition/co-requisite classes based on RISE criteria. These classes do not count toward hours required for graduation.

Chelsie Arrowood

Chelsie Arrowood

Child Development Center Director

Rhonda Steele

Rhonda Steele

Department Chair Human Services, Coordinator/Faculty Early Childhood Education, NC Pre-K Site Administrator

Potential Careers

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.

Work Areas

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)
Typical Salary (Mid-Career)
$30,000 - $50,000


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