Course Requirements

The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from infancy through middle childhood in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.

Coursework 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.

Coastal Carolina Community College offers an Associate in Applied Science Degree, a Diploma, and two Certificates. The appropriate coursework for each is listed below.

Awards Available – See Course Requirements below.

  • Associate in Applied Science Early Childhood Education Degree (A55220)
  • Early Childhood Education Diploma (D55220)
  • Early Childhood Education Certificate (C55220)
  • Early Childhood Administration Certificate (C55220A)
Course Requirements for A.A.S. Early Childhood Education

Curriculum Code: A55220

For course descriptions, please refer to the current catalog.

Fall Semester (1st Year)

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab/Co-op Credit
ACA 111 College Student Success 1 0 1
EDU 119 Intro to Early Child Education 4 0 4
EDU 144 Child Development I 3 0 3
EDU 146 Child Guidance 3 0 3
EDU 151 Creative Activities 0 2 3
EDU 151A Creative Activities Lab 3 0 1
14 2 15

Spring Semester (1st Year)

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab/Co-op Credit
EDU 131 Child, Family and Community 3 0 3
EDU 145 Child Development II 3 0 3
EDU 153 Health, Safety, Nutrition 3 0 3
EDU 184 Early Childhood Intro Pract 1 3 2
EDU 280 Language and Literacy Exp 3 0 3
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 3
16 3 17

Summer Semester (1st Year)

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab/Co-op Credit
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 2 2 3
COM 231 Public Speaking or 3 0 3
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disc (3) (0) (3)
EDU 221 Children with Exceptionalities 3 0 3
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 3
11 2 12

Fall Semester (2nd Year)

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab/Co-op Credit
EDU 234 Infants, Toddlers & Twos 3 0 3
EDU 234A Infants, Toddlers & Twos Lab 0 2 1
EDU 259 Curriculum Planning 3 0 3
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy 2 2 3
Approved Elective 3 0 3
11 4 13

Spring Semester (2nd Year)

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab/Co-op Credit
EDU 251 Exploration Activities or 3 0 3
CHM 131 Intro to Chemistry and (3) (0) (3)
CHM 131A Intro to Chemistry Lab (0) (2) (1)
EDU 284 Early Child Capstone Prac 1 9 4
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
Approved Elective 3(4) 0 3(4)
10 – 11 9 – 11 13 – 15
Total Semester Hours: 70 – 72

Approved Electives

Course ID Course Title Course ID Course Title
EDU 158 Healthy Lifestyles-Youth PSY 243 Child Psychology
*EDU 216 Foundations of Education SOC 210 Introduction to Sociology
EDU 235 School-Age Dev and Program SOC 213 Sociology of the Family
EDU 261 Early Childhood Admin I SOC 220 Social Problems
EDU 262 Early Childhood Admin II SOC 240 Social Psychology
*PSY 241 Developmental Psychology
*Recommended for students who plan to transfer to UNC Wilmington.

Approved Humanities/Fine Arts Electives

Course ID Course Title Course ID Course Title
*ART 111 Art Appreciation *MUS 110 Music Appreciation
*ART 114 Art History Survey I *MUS 112 Introduction to Jazz
*ART 115 Art History Survey II MUS 210 History of Rock Music
*ENG 231 American Literature I *PHI 215 Philosophical Issues
*ENG 232 American Literature II *PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics
*Approved as Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course. 

Course Requirements for Early Childhood Education Diploma

Curriculum Code: D55220

For course descriptions, please refer to the current catalog.

Fall Semester

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab/Co-op Credit
ACA 111 College Student Success 1 0 1
EDU 119 Intro to Early Child Education 4 0 4
EDU 144 Child Development I 3 0 3
EDU 146 Child Guidance 3 0 3
EDU 151/151A Creative Activities/Lab 3 2 4
14 2 15

Spring Semester

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab/Co-op Credit
EDU 131 Child, Family and Community 3 0 3
EDU 145 Child Development II 3 0 3
EDU 153 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3 0 3
EDU 184 Early Childhood Intro Pract 1 3 2
EDU 280 Language and Literacy Exp 3 0 3
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 3
16 3 17

Summer Semester

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab/Co-op Credit
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 2 2 3
COM 231 Public Speaking or 3 0 3
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disc (3) (0) (3)
EDU 221 Children with Exceptionalities 3 0 3
9 0 9
Total Semester Hours: 41

Course Requirements for Early Childhood Education Certificates

For course descriptions, please refer to the current catalog.

Early Childhood Education Certificate (C55220)

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab/Co-op Credit
EDU 119 Intro to Early Child Education 4 0 4
EDU 131 Child, Family, and Community 3 0 3
EDU 144 Child Development I 3 0 3
EDU 145 Child Development II 3 0 3
EDU 146 Child Guidance 3 0 3
16 0 16
Total Semester Hours: 16

Early Childhood Administration Certificate (C55220A)

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab/Co-op Credit
EDU 119 Intro to Early Child Education 4 0 4
EDU 131 Child, Family, and Community 3 0 3
EDU 153 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3 0 3
EDU 261 Early Childhood Administration I 3 0 3
EDU 262 Early Childhood Administration II 3 0 3
16 0 16
Total Semester Hours: 16