Early Childhood Education
Do you enjoy watching children as they investigate the world around them? Can you answer countless questions? Do you find humor in the unique way children view the world? Can you laugh with them? Do you have the patience and tenderness to care for our tiniest citizens? If so, a career in Early Childhood Education may be just the place for you! The Early Childhood Education curriculum is designed for students who plan to work with children from birth through age eight years using developmentally appropriate practices. This curriculum provides the student with skills in areas documented by Virginia Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals. Graduates will be prepared for employment in child care centers, preschools, or recreation programs. Students who intend to transfer to four year colleges must see the program coordinator for additional information.
Certain criminal convictions will prohibit employment in all licensed child care settings. Students convicted of any felony or any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude/barrier crimes do not qualify for the Early Childhood Program at DCC. The lab facilities will not allow students to complete internship hours and students will not be able to meet the internship requirements for graduation.
Any student entering the program who has committed illegal offenses other than minor traffic violations should discuss these matters with the program coordinator for clarification. Also, students will be required to complete full criminal background tests and a TB test at their own cost.
For more information consult the College Catalog.