program overview

early childhood education - non-transfer associate degree

A teacher leans over and points at a book in front of a small child who is staring intently at the page with a pencil in hand.

* this program is financial aid eligible.
* most courses can be completed online.
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.

Early Childhood Higher Education program - naeyc accreditedthe early childhood associate degree at durham tech is accredited by the commission on the accreditation of early childhood higher education programs of the national association for the education of young children,
the accreditation term runs from july 2016 through july 2023.

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spring application deadline is jan 05

Estimated Tuition & Fees



main campus, online

minimum credit hours


program stats

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estimated completion time

18-20 months

current and upcoming course offerings

course number title credit hours
aca-122 college transfer success 1
edu-119 introduction to early childhood, education 4
edu-131 child, family, and community 3
edu-144 child development i 3
edu-145 child development ii 3
edu-146 child guidance 3
edu-151 creative activities 3
edu-153 health, safety and nutrition 3
edu-184 early childhood introductory practicum 2
edu-221 children with exceptionalities 3
edu-234 infants, toddlers, and twos 3
edu-261 early childhood administration i 3
edu-262 early childhood administration ii 3
edu-280 language and literacy experiences 3
edu-284 early childhood capstone practicum 4
eng-111 writing and inquiry 3
eng-112 writing and research in the disciplines 3
psy-150 general psychology 3
headshot of Jasmine Cradle standing in front of brick

“the early childhood education program will get me further along in life and it’s encouraged me to do more than i originally set out to do. my end goal is to own my own daycare center.”

—jasmine cradle