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Early Childhood Education (Degree)

Vance-Granville Community College’s Early Childhood Program’s mission statement is the following:The Early Childhood Program is committed to making quality education
accessible, building creative learning environments, and developing more effective ways of providing quality learning experiences. Program faculty members work cooperatively with
high schools, public and private child care homes and centers, four-year colleges, universities and other agencies in an effort to make higher education more accessible for
students.  The program is also committed to making culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse learning opportunities accessible to all students.
 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.

PROGRAM STANDARDS The Early Childhood Education Associate Degree Program at Vance Granville Community College is accredited by the National Association for the
Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Associate Program Standards. Our program addresses the following NAEYC standards and upon graduation students will be proficient in all 6
NAEYC standards.

  • Standard 1: Promoting Child Development and Learning
  • Standard 2: Building Family and Community Relationships
  • Standard 3: Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children
  • Standard 4: Using Developmentally Effective Approaches
  • Standard 5: Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum
  • Standard 6: Becoming a Professional

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Obtaining your North Carolina Early Childhood Credential (NCECC)

Once students have earned a grade of “C” or better in the EDU 119 course they will need to begin communications with the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (NCDCDEE) . It is the NCDCDEE that issues the NCECC to individuals not Vance-Granville Community College. After successfully completing the EDU 119 course individuals are required to obtain their NCID and then create a Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) WORKS account . It is here in which individuals will complete their NCECC application process and submit the official copy of their transcript to the North Carolina Division of Child Development.

Please visit the DCDEE WORKS tutorial for guidance.

Submitting Electronic Transcripts to the DCDEE

For more information or for assistance with completing the NCECC application process call: 919-527-6335 or 800-859-0829 (In-State only)

Related Programs:
Diploma Level Option: Early Childhood Diploma
Certificate Level Option: Early Childhood Education (Certificate)
Certificate Level Option: Infant/Toddler Care
Certificate Level Option: Lateral Entry