The NC Careers in Early Childhood Directory offers a robust list of career options in the field, combined with recommended education and typical salary ranges to address a wide range of interests and uses.  Click here to download it.
What are your career goals?  Check out the Careers and My Profession sections of the Institute’s website at for more resources!

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College Credits

A college credit is a unit of academic credit. A one credit hour course means you will meet with the instructor in-person or online one hour per week. A two credit hour class means you will meet for two hours each week for the semester.

College Placement Tests

Most students who enroll or want to enroll in a NC community colleges must take a college placement test. Some colleges require placement testing at different stages of entrance.

College placement tests are typically used to determine an individual student’s strengths and needs and inform the college admission process.

At whatever point a student is required to take the placement tests, the test scores will determine if the student is performing at a level to enter into college level courses or if the student needs developmental studies courses prior to entering college level courses.

The student’s score on the test may also determine which type of developmental courses are needed (English, Reading or Math), how many developmental courses are needed and what levels of developmental courses are needed.

Prerequisites & Co-Requisites

Nearly all Early Childhood Education programs in the NC community college system will soon have (as of Fall 2010) pre-requisite requirements to ensure students have the literacy skills to be successful in the coursework and in the field of Early Care and Education.

What is a prerequisite?

Certain courses have specific requirements that you must take before you can enroll in them. These requirements are called “prerequisites”. For example, before you are allowed to take a higher level English class (ENG 200), you may need to complete ENG 100.

The course descriptions may read like this: “Prerequisites: ENG 100, RDG 100, MAT 092, or placement”. This means that you can fulfill these prerequisites by either taking these classes OR by placing out of them via the College Placement Test. This is to ensure that you have the necessary reading, writing, and math skills in order to succeed in college level courses.

Prerequisites usually exist because courses are sequential and build upon the skills developed in the previous course(s).

What is a co-requisite?

Sometimes a course may require another course as a co-requisite, which means you are allowed to take them at the same time.


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