Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Program Outcomes

The Central Piedmont Early Childhood Education program is accredited nationally by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) associate degree accreditation system.

The NAEYC associate degree accreditation system sets a standard of excellence for early childhood programs that prepare teachers at the associate degree level. The process includes extensive self-study, submission of a Self Study Report, a site visit conducted by a Peer Review Team, and an accreditation decision made by a national Commission of early childhood professionals.

The NAEYC associate degree standards are based on recent research in early childhood development and learning. The accreditation standards are performance based and describe what well-prepared graduates of associate degree programs should know and be able to do.

Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education Student Data

Number of Associate Degree Program Completers

2016-2017 Academic Year

  • number of program completers: 39
  • percentage of program completers who were attending full-time at the time of completion: 21% (8 students)
  • percentage of program completers who were attending part-timeat the time of completion: 79% (31 students)

May 2017: 39 graduates

Fall 2017 students:

  • 66 full-time candidates
  • 269 part-time candidates

2015-2016 Academic Year

  • number of program completers: 31
  • percentage of program completers who were attending full-time at the time of completion: 23% (7 students)
  • percentage of program completers who were attending part-timeat the time of completion: 77% (24 students)

2014-2015 Academic Year

  • number of program completers: 43
  • percentage of program completers who were attending full-time at the time of completion: 16% (7 students)
  • percentage of program completers who were attending part-timeat the time of completion: 84% (36 students)

1Part-time status is defined by the institution

Associate Degree Program Completion Rates

2016-2017 Academic Year*

  • percentage of those students who completed the program within 150% of the published timeframe: 11% (2 students)
  • percentage of those students who completed the program within 100%, 200% (twice), or 300% (three times) of the published timeframe: 5% (1 student)

2015-2016 Academic Year*

  • percentage of those students who completed the program within 150% of the published timeframe: 6% (1 student)
  • percentage of those students who completed the program within 100%, 200% (twice), or 300% (three times) of the published timeframe: 6% (1 student)

2014-2015 Academic Year*

  • percentage of those students who completed the program within 150% of the published timeframe: 16% (3 students)
  • percentage of those students who completed the program within 100%, 200% (twice), or 300% (three times) of the published timeframe: 0% (0 students)

*Academic year in which a fall cohort of full-time students enrolled at the institution

Associate Degree Program Retention Rates**

2016-2017 Academic Year

  • percentage of part-time candidates enrolled (percentage of total enrollment): 81.7% (286 students)
  • retention rate among part-time candidates: 36% (103 students)
  • percentage of full-time candidates enrolled (percentage of total enrollment): 18.3% (64 students)
  • retention rate among full-time candidates: 43.7% (28 students)

2015-2016 Academic Year

  • percentage of part-time candidates enrolled (percentage of total enrollment): 78.6% (315 students)
  • retention rate among part-time candidates: 31.4% (99 students)
  • percentage of full-time candidates enrolled (percentage of total enrollment): 21.4% (86 students)
  • retention rate among full-time candidates: 45.3% (39 students)

2014-2015 Academic Year

  • percentage of part-time candidates enrolled (percentage of total enrollment): 80.7% (381 students)
  • retention rate among part-time candidates: 35.7% (136 students)
  • percentage of full-time candidates enrolled (percentage of total enrollment): 19.3% (91 students)
  • retention rate among full-time candidates: 42.9% (39 students)

**Graduates are removed from retention calculations