We offer a rigorous academic program, combining knowledge of child development with early childhood education and early childhood special education.
The Early Care and Education Concentration prepares students to work with young children with and without disabilities in a variety of diverse contexts, including community child care centers, private kindergartens, hospitals, and parent-child centers.
ECDE Majors, Early Education Professionals, Can….
Work directly with children as
· Teachers in community early education programs working with infants, toddlers, or preschool age children including Head Start
· Teachers in specialized educational programs providing instruction and supports that are designed to meet the unique needs and abilities of children
· Assistant teachers in all of these settings
Work with and for families in
· Smart Start & N.C. Partnership for Children
· parents as teachers, family liaisons, parent referral counselors, and family and community resource professionals
Work to support early education professionals as
· Directors or coordinators in early education program
· Training Coordinators
· Resource Center Specialists
· Quality Enhancement Specialists – providing coaching to early childhood teachers.
· School-Age Specialists – Professional development specialists or trainers that help teachers and administrators develop, plan, and achieve continuous learning goals.
· Behavior Specialists – specializes in understanding and treating behavioral issues in children.
· Infant/Toddler Specialists – develop, coordinate, and support high quality programs to support early development and learning.
Also explore the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) an agency which touches the lives of virtually every North Carolinian from infants to senior. The Division of Child Development and Early Education DCDEE focuses specifically on childcare in North Carolina.
The 2Plus program in Early Childhood Development and Education is designed for students who have a two-year Associate’s degree (AAS) in early childhood education from a participating North Carolina Community College. The mission of the 2Plus program is to help community college graduates transfer to UNC Greensboro with Advanced standing and pursue a specific major at UNC Greensboro. See the Articulation Agreement (PDF) for details about the program.
Programs of study in the department are interdisciplinary, requiring a synthesis of knowledge from the social and behavioral sciences, early childhood general education, and early childhood special education.