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Early Childhood Education

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HCC's Early Childhood Education Program's Mission Statement

We are committed to improving the lives of all children in the Roanoke Valley through early childhood teacher preparation, which includes theory and research based practices, reflection, building relationships, opportunities for advocacy, and promoting life-long learning.


The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from birth-8 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 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, and school age programs.

Early Childhood Education Pathway Options:

The Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) program currently offers three different pathways to accommodate students who wish to transfer to a four-year university and those who are not seeking to transfer to a four-year university: 1) AAS licensure transfer track (A55220L), 2) AAS non-licensure transfer track (A55220NL), and 3) AAS non-transfer track (A55220B).

Please click on the Pathways link for more information