Jan 27, 2023
This certificate will provide courses needed by the child care professional to obtain the North Carolina Early Childhood Administration Certificate (NCECA). The courses offered in this program prepare the childcare professional to be successful as an administrator in a childcare setting. Students will learn skills such as program development, rules and regulations for the state of North Carolina, staff and organizational management, public relations and community outreach, financial management, and leadership. This certificate also provides an opportunity for the individual to obtain the North Carolina Early Childhood Credential Certificate.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Promoting child development and learning:
a. Knowing and understanding young children’s characteristics and needs.
b. Knowing and understanding the multiple influences on development and learning.
c. Using developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments.
- Building family and community relationships by knowing about and understanding family and community characteristics.
a. Knowing about and understanding diverse family and community characteristics.
b. Supporting and engaging families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
c. Involving families and communities and their children’s development and learning.
- Becoming a professional:
a. Identifying and involving oneself with the early childhood field.
b. Knowing about and upholding ethical standards and other professional guidelines.
c. Engaging in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice.
d. Integrating knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education.
e. Engaging in informed advocacy for children and the profession.
Students applying for admission to the Gaston College Early Childhood Education program MUST meet all Gaston College admission requirements for GENERAL ADMISSION to the college.
- Submit a Gaston College Application
- Complete Residency Determination for in-state tuition
- Apply for financial aid
- Meet with an advisor / Attend an information session
- Submit official transcripts
- Provide proof of course placement requirements
Additional Program Requirements for Early Childhood Education
- Have grades of “C” or better in all required program courses.
- All students are required to submit documentation of additional non-academic criteria which will include a valid Criminal Background Check (CBC) qualification letter obtained through DCDEE. Instructions will be provided in EDU 119. Students who do not submit a valid CBC Qualification letter will not successfully complete Early Childhood Education.