Early Childhood Education

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

Course work includes child growth and development; physical and nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communications skills with parents and children. Students will foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional, and creative development of young children.

The Rowan Cabarrus Community College Early Childhood Education program is accredited by NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children).

Program Chair

Dr. Wendy Barnhardt




North Campus

Employment of childcare workers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024.

A child goes through the most rapid phase of growth and development from birth to the age of eight.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), enrollment in prekindergarten-level education has risen from 96,000 to over 1 million in the last 30 years.

The Early Childhood Education program strives to provide a quality and well-rounded education to its students, preparing them for them a rewarding career in education. Our instructors are ready to share their vast knowledge and experience in field of early childhood education.

Jeannie Morgan-Campola

Program Chair, Early Childhood Education

The Rowan-Cabarrus Early Childhood program allowed me to turn my passion for young children in to a not only a job but a career I am proud of. The welcoming and friendly environment in the program helped me succeed. My instructors were always available to answer my questions and ensured that was prepared for my career after graduation. I received my associates degree in 2013 and am now working on my bachelor’s degree in special education.

Cassie Karriker

Rowan-Cabarrus alumna, 2013