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Early Childhood Education ( ECE )

Associate in Applied Science - A55220 *

The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from infancy through middle childhood in diverse, inclusive learning environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.


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1. Submit a properly completed Application for Admission to the Admissions Office at Stanly Community College.
2. Submit all official transcripts to the Admissions Office at SCC; an official copy of a high school transcript showing successful completion of all requirements for a diploma. A GED certificate indicating a passing score or an adult high school diploma is acceptable in lieu of a regular high school diploma. An official transcript copy from each college, university, or other post‐secondary institution attended by the applicant must be submitted to the Admissions Office at SCC if the applicant wishes to be considered for transfer credit
3. Complete the placement test (ASSET, COMPASS or ACCUPLACER). If test results indicate a need for developmental studies, developmental classes must be completed prior to enrollment in most EDU courses. Students must test out of DRE 096 prior to registering for any EDU course other than EDU 119. Students must test out of or take DRE 097 as a co-requisite of all 100 level EDU course other than EDU 119. Students must test out of or take DRE 098 as a co-requisite of all 200 level EDU courses. Applicats who have previously completed ENG 111, (Writing and Inquiry) and MAT 140 (Survey of Mathematics) may be exempt from placement testing. Applicants presenting placement test scores older than five years will be required to retest.


Students are recommended to follow the course sequence in their progression toward graduation. Students are encouraged to take all Developmental Courses prior to beginning EDU courses. Developmental English courses are pre-requisites for all EDU courses. Grading scales for EDU students are as follows:
A = 90 ‐ 100 (Exceeding Expectations); B = 80 – 89 (Meeting Expectations); C = 70 – 79 (Approaching Expectations); F = 0 – 69 (Does Not Meet Expectations); S = Satisfactory Passing.
To progress in the EDU program, all students must make a grade of C or higher or S in all courses. Students earning less than a C in these courses must repeat the courses as soon as possible.


Students accepted for admission to the Early Childhood program at Stanly Community College are required to complete a criminal background check, a finger print check, and a TB test or Chest X-ray to show no active TB is present prior to participation in any EDU course that requires a field experience. If the student is already employed at a licensed child care center, Head Start program, or local public school, these checks/screenings may be waived. Any costs incurred for the background/fingerprint check, TB skin test, chest x-ray and additional paperwork is the responsibility of the student. 

There are no alternate assignments for field experiences. Students not able to complete field experiences due to circumstances related to their background check, fingerprint check and/or TB skin test will be unable to progress in the course and the EDU program.

Student not employed, but attempting to complete a field experience at a licensed child care center, Head Start or public school may also be required to pass a drug screening.  Costs related to the drug screening are the responsibility of the student.


Many students may have tested-out of EDU 119, EDU 261 or EDU 262 through the Division of Child Development. Students should understand that the Division of Child Development and the Community College System are two separate entities. Test outs will not qualify as college credit and students will still have to meet college requirements for registration and progression toward degrees.



To be eligible for graduation a student must:
1. Complete all course requirements in the Early Childhood curriculum, earning a grade of
C or higher.
2. Complete an Application for Graduation.
3. Pay a graduation fee at the time of registration for the last semester.
4. Earn at least one‐fourth of credits required for a degree, diploma, or certificate from SCC.
5. Fulfill all financial obligations to the College.


Instructors will enforce the SCC withdrawal policy if a student: (1) requests withdrawal, or (2) has two consecutive weeks of absences, regardless of contact, for a 16 week (full-semester) or one week of absence, regardless of contact, for an 8 week, or (3) is not meeting the requirements of the course. The student may withdraw or drop the course by the date as published in the Academic Calendar for each semester. Students will be assigned a W (Withdrawn) by the Records and Registration Office.

Students will not be allowed to withdraw from the course during the last two weeks of the semester. Instructors who initiate drops during the last two weeks of the term must assign a grade to the student from the grading system as published in the SCC catalog.


Contact: Darlene Burris, Christie Honeycutt, Christy Hopkins, Cyndie Osborne, Jaime Shelton,

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Stanly Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Stanly Community College.

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