Students may choose from a certificate, diploma or degree program in Early Childhood.
The Early Childhood Program curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from infancy through middle childhood in diverse learning environments. Students will combine theory with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified instructors.
Students learn about child growth and development, physical/nutritional needs of children, care and guidance of children and communication skills with parents 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, Smart Start programs and school age programs.
|Majors/Programs with Potential Occupations||Job Openings Projected To Year 2014 in Pee Dee WDB Region||Average % Total Job Openings In This Region||Est. Salary Range +/-|
|Child Care Worker||370||0.55%||$20,288|
Students in the diploma and associate degree programs receive a 160-hour cooperative work experience at a child development center in the MCC service area.
The Alpha Beta Chi (ABC) Club is a voluntary campus organization comprised of students, faculty and staff at MCC and anyone who is interested in being an advocate for children. The club works to provide students with opportunities to promote their profession in the community, to participate in fundraisers and outreach activities, and to learn about people and agencies that play a vital role in the early childhood field.
"My classes at MCC helped me learn the skills I needed to work with younger children. MCC is a great place. Each person I came in contact with made me feel like they cared about me in all aspects of my schooling."
First Steps Learning Center, Asheboro, NC