The diploma in early education is designed to provide training in addition to that required by beginning workers. It does provide training as required by the State of North Carolina but at a level that helps the teacher learn to diagnose the needs of his/her children and prepare appropriate lessons according to those needs.
The courses taken in this diploma may be applied toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education. See the associate degree listing for specific degree requirements.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Standard: Promoting Child Development and Learning
1a. Knowing and understanding young children’s characteristics and needs.
1b. Knowing and understanding the multiple influences on development and learning.
1c. Using developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments.
Standard: Building Family and Community Relationships
2a. Knowing about and understanding diverse family and community characteristics
2b. Supporting and empowering families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
2c. Involving families and communities in their children’s development and learning.
Standard: Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families
3a. Understanding the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment.
3b. Knowing about and using observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches.
3c. Understanding and practicing responsible assessment.
3d. Knowing about assessment partnerships with families and other professionals.
Standard: Becoming a Professional
4. Knowing about and upholding ethical standards and other professional guidelines.