Program Standards

The Early Childhood Education program strives to prepare students with the skills and knowledge based on national and state competencies important for all practitioners in the field of early care and education.

All early childhood education associate degree graduates should be able to:

  • Show evidence of an understanding of child development and learning for all young children birth to age 8
  • Understand the impact families and communities have on a child’s development and learning
  • Demonstrate the appropriate use of the cycle of observation, assessment and planning to support children’s development and learning
  • Articulate an understanding of the importance of building positive, nurturing, reciprocal and responsive relationships with children, their families and early childhood colleagues
  • Apply what is known about child development to foster growth and academic learning through safe, meaningful, play based curriculum and intentionally prepared developmentally appropriate environment for all children, birth to 8 years of age.
  • Engage in reflective practice regarding children’s learning and their own teaching practices for intentional planning and professional growth.
  • Use knowledge of ethical standards and professional guidelines in the early childhood field to make informed decisions.
  • Show competence in general education coursework subjects such as reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental math and/or natural science, social and behavioral science and humanities.


Tonia Padrick
Department Chair of  Education Programs
(919) 209-2500