Frequently Asked Questions

What is a North Carolina Early Childhood Credential?

Credentials are awarded by the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education, not CPCC.  Credentials allow students to become employed in certain positions in child care settings

There are two credentials offered, one for early childhood teachers and one for administrators

To earn the North Carolina Early Childhood Credential which is what is required to be a teacher in Child Care Center (“Credential” ….. sometimes students call it “Credentials” or “Credentials 1 and 2”), Students must  complete EDU 119: Introduction to Early Childhood with a passing grade of "C" or better

Credentials can be earned in two ways:

To earn the North Carolina Early Administration Credential Students must complete EDU 119 - Introduction to Early Childhood,  EDU 261 - Early Childhood Administration I and Early Childhood Administration II

Other Credential Info

  • Transcripts must be submitted to the DCDEE for equivalency credit (for courses taken in other states, for example).

Equivalencies for credentials do not equal college credit at CPCC—official transcripts must be submitted to the college for evaluation.

  • EDU 119 IS a state mandated pre-requisite for EDU 261.  Equivalency from the state does not meet the co-requisite.  261 must be completed before enrolling in 262.

Click Here for DCDEE application process

 

What Early Childhood Certificates are offered?

Certificates are awarded by the college, and require ~17 hours of specific coursework.  Students confuse the words “certificates” with “credentials.”  See  https://www.cpcc.edu/ec/plan-of-study/CPCCEarlyChildhoodEducationCertificates_updated_2.11.13.pdf.

Certification is awarded by the state at different levels.  There is a fee for applying, and licensure requires that teachers become certified.  NCICDP (“The Institute”) handles this. For information, send students to http://ncicdp.org.

 

Want to Enroll at CPCC?

Prior to enrollment in any course at CPCC students must complete the placement tests OR (if graduated from HS within 5 years) meet high-school course requirements/GPA. Students must also attend a college orientation. Send them to www.cpcc.edu and the “Get Started” link.  They will sort out the placement test needs.  If the student has completed college-level ENG at another institution, they may submit a transcript in lieu of the placement test.

Regardless of placement test scores, any student may enroll in EDU 119.  Students must complete DRE 096 or place higher to enroll in 100-level EDU classes

For other 100-level EDU courses, students must complete OR score out of OR enroll concurrently in DRE 097.

For 200-level EDU courses, students must complete OR score out of OR enroll concurrently in DRE 098.

 

How are CPCC Early Childhood Courses offered?

Our Courses are delivered in three methods Face-to-Face, Online and Hybrid:

  • Fully face to face (16 weeks long) Note: Look for start and end dates of August – December for Fall and January – May for Spring to determine if it is a 16 week course. The location will include a campus and (usually) a room number.  Fully face-to-face courses have section numbers 01-10.

 

  • Fully online (16 weeks or 8 weeks) Note:  Look for start and end dates of August – December for Fall and January – May for Spring to determine if it is a 16 week course.  8 week courses will have the following dates: for Fall, short sessions run August – October (first short session, or SS 1) and October – December (second short session or SS2).  For Spring, short sessions run January – March October (first short session, or SS 1) and March – May (second short session or SS2).  Location will be online. Fully online courses have a section number of 84 or higher.

 

  • Hybrid (16 weeks or 8 weeks) : You will meet the class face to face each week but most of your work will be online. Look for the following note to determine if it is a hybrid course: “Mostly online with required classroom/lab component” and “additional #of hours/per week required online”.  Look for start and end dates.  For Fall, short sessions run August – October (first short session, or SS 1) and October – December (second short session or SS2).  For Spring, short sessions run January – March October (first short session, or SS 1) and March – May (second short session or SS2).  Hybrid courses (taught 51% or more online) that meet every week have sections numbers 30-39.

•     Online with required on-campus testing (these are also hybrid courses): These courses meet every other week or once a month. Look for the following note: “On campus testing required” with meeting dates and locations listed. These hybrid courses that meet bi-weekly or monthly have sections numbers 50-59.

 

Additional information:

Courses that include an “L” in front of the section number are lateral entry courses. They are for individuals who have a four year degree (but not an education degree) and want to enter the field of education.  Early childhood degree students cannot take these sections, even when the course number is the same (for example, EDU 271-L01 cannot be taken by Early Childhood students).

EDU curriculum courses have 3-digit course numbers.  Cooperate and Continuing Education Courses have 4-digit course numbers, and do not count toward the Early Childhood degree

 

Need help with DRE, DMA and MAT 140

Contact Toria Grant at Ext. 4658.

How Much does it Cost for a Course?

Tuition –there are fees in addition to tuition costs (lab courses have lab fees). CAPS (Campus access fee) fee is ~$40-$80; doesn’t apply if students are taking only online courses. TEACH scholarships will not cover CAPS fees (students are responsible)

Full sections- Because registration is online, there is no waiting list maintained for classes.  Students who want permission to enroll in full sections should watch for spaces to open up –after payment due dates students who do not pay will be dropped from courses.  We do not over-enroll courses.

 

Faculty know nothing about Financial Aid or TEACH; send them to those offices! J 704-330-4646 is the Harris Campus financial aid .number.

 

If someone wants to open a Family Child Care Home, send him/her to Juanita Smith at CCRI (704/376-6697, ext. 118).