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Early Childhood Ed

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Early Childhood CCP (Completion Guide)

Early Childhood Administration Certification (Completion Guide)

Early Childhood Associate (Completion Guide)
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.

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.

HCC Early Childhood Education Program's Conceptual Framework

HCC Early Childhood Education graduates will be able to SUCCEED at home and in a broader cultural context. Our graduates will practice:

Social responsibility & professionalism.
Utilization of child theory and appropriate child development practices.
Compassion in advocating for children & their holistic wellbeing.
Confidence in their knowledge, skills, & abilities.
Equality in a culturally diverse society.
Education… pursuit of ongoing and lifelong learning.
Dscipline and drive to work in early childhood settings serving children from birth through age 8.

Through reflective decision making, relationship building and knowledge rooted in theory and research, our graduates will have the confidence to practice social responsibility, make developmentally appropriate decisions, have compassion for and treat all children and their families with respect and dignity, be able to design, and implement and assess developmentally appropriate, inclusive experiences in a variety of early childhood settings.

HCC's Early Childhood Graduate (ECG) will:

Use theory and research – to apply educational research and theory to implement age appropriate activities in their classroom to support learning.
Be reflective decision makers–in their practice to determine strengths and areas of improvement for continued personal and professional growth.
Develop relationships and partnerships– with other professionals as well as establish partnerships with families, businesses and community organizations.
Become life-long learners– and seek additional opportunities for personal and professional growth outside of classroom activities and upon employment to stay abreast of new and innovative educational practices.


Kimberly Rodwell
Program Head
office room 521