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The Early Childhood faculty would like to invite you to an 
Open House on
Tuesday, July 28
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Please feel free to stop by anytime between 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm to meet and talk with faculty to learn more about the Early Childhood Education and Associate of Arts Education programs.  We will be glad to help you get ready to register for classes or just answer questions.

For more information, call 419-566-0330 or 419-755-4879.

early childhood education

Early Childhood Education prepares individuals to care for and educate young children in settings such as public schools, preschools, pre-kindergarten, child care centers, and Head Start programs. The early childhood teacher plans and implements activities involving art, science, literature, music language arts, dramatic play, social studies, and motor skills. Early childhood teachers work closely with families, assisting parents in understanding stages of development and meeting each child’s individual needs.

The person who selects a career with young children should be patient, creative, alert, flexible, decisive, healthy, responsible, empathic and people-oriented. Coursework includes understanding the growth and development of children, planning the Early Childhood curriculum, guidance and discipline, nutrition, understanding and working with families, working with diverse learners, and administering child care programs.

Through the Child Development Center on the NC State campus, students have access to a hands-on lab that is National Association for the Education of Young Children accredited.

The Prekindergarten Option includes Directed Practicum (Student Teaching and Student Teaching Seminar). This leads to a Prekindergarten Associate Teaching license issued by the Ohio Department of Education. NC State offers both Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education and the Associate of Arts in Education for those students who want to continue for a bachelor’s degree.

Job Demand

The demand is growing for teachers and teacher assistants in early child education.

More Information

Check out this YouTube video about our Early Childhood Education program.  This video was written, directed and produced by Cory Messer, a recent graduate of the Visual Communication Media and Technology program. 

Local Job Growth
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Entry-Level Salary
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Curriculum Worksheet
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Potential Job Titles
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Teacher Assistant


Related Bachelor's Degrees
download PDF NC State ECE to University of Cincinnati Articulation Grid
download PDF NC State ECE to University of Cincinnati Teacher Education Articulation Agreement


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