Suppliers of Education for Early Educators
Earning College Courses in High School
College course credits may be earned while in high school as well as from an accredited institution of higher education.
Community College (two-year degrees, certificates & diplomas)
In North Carolina, 58 community colleges and over 20 universities provide college credits and degree programs in early childhood education, school age and other related fields.
School-Age Degree Options
The school-age credential (5 semester credit hours), is required by the NC Division of Child Development & Early Education for school age group leaders working in regulated child care facilities. The number and type of credit-bearing professional development opportunities for Early Educators working with school age children is increasing in North Carolina.
Universities (four-year degrees)
In 2012, a total of 18 public colleges/universities and 36 private colleges/universities provide college education options for early educators.
Source: DCDEE Presentation (June 2012)
University of North Carolina (UNC) System
Graduate Degree Programs
Consumer Beware – Accreditation Varies
All NC early childhood systems require coursework be taken at a regionally accredited institution of higher education (college or university).
All public community colleges and universities in North Carolina are regionally accredited.
Degree program accreditation systems in other states, offered online or in other countries may not be regionally accredited. This means you may not be allowed to transfer college credits you paid for from into a North Carolina college to complete a certificate or degree or use toward a different or ann advanced degree.
Read the fine print carefully and review the list of regionally accredited postsecondary institutions and programs before enrolling.