Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from birth through age 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 Education Student Handbook

Unique Aspects

The Sandhills Community College Early Childhood Associate degree program was one of the first five community colleges in the United States to receive national accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Our program incorporates practical experience at off-campus child care and educational settings.

Infographic showing seven standards that make a powerful educator made to look like a plant with each petal a standard. Standard 1: Playfulness promotes child development and learning. Standard 2: Partnerships build family and community relationships. Standard 3: observing, documenting and assessing to support young children and families. Standard 4: using developmentally effective approaches. Standard 5: using content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum. Standard 6: becoming a professional. Standard 7: Program's field experiences. The image also shares a quote by Linda Conway: It is not what is poured into a student that counts but what is planted.

Core Values

In addition to the Colleges five core values of integrity, helpfulness, excellence, respect and opportunity, our conceptual framework is developed around the values in which Betty High Rounds so strongly believed. We continue to infuse these values throughout our program today and use them to guide our decision making process.

  • Put children first “ always.
  • Implement a holistic approach to teaching and learning.
  • Remove barriers to learning.
  • Inspire a love of reading.
  • Encourage self-reflection.
  • Collaborate with others and trust in the abilities of the group.
  • Foster creativity.
  • Grow role models, mentors, leaders and advocates.
  • Be goal driven and celebrate success.
  • Embrace life-long learning.
  • Be engaged and have fun.
  • Its all about relationships

Career Exploration Resources

Careers in Early Childhood

Working in early care and Education

Child Care Services Association

Career Path Videos

Center for the Study of Child Care Employment 2018

Contact Information

Susan Wright, Coordinator/Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education
231 Van Dusen Hall