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.

Early Childhood Education Data

  • number of full-time candidates enrolled for the most recent semester available: 26 (fall 2018)
  • number of part-time candidates enrolled for the most recent semester available: 230 (fall 2018)
  • number of program graduates in past academic year (i.e., the most recent one-year period for which institutional information is readily available; the reporting period may be different for programs that submit annual reports to NAEYC on a spring vs. fall cycle, but should be consistent for each year’s annual report): 30 (2017–18)

(If the institution uses a period other than semesters, substitute information from the most recent quarter or other relevant time period.)

Outcome Measure #1: Number of Program Completers

Part-time status is defined by the institution.

2017–18 Academic Year

  • number of program completers: 30
  • percentage of program completers who were attending full-time at the time of completion: 10% (3 students)
  • percentage of program completers who were attending part-time at the time of completion: 90% (27 students)

2016–17 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-time at the time of completion: 79% (31 students)

2015–16 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-time at the time of completion: 77% (24 students)

Outcome Measure #2: Program Completion Rates

The published timeframe for full-time candidates to complete the early childhood program(s) included in this annual report is 2 years (4 semesters plus one summer session). 

2015–16 Academic Year

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

2014–15 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)

2013–14 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)

Academic years are those in which a fall cohort of full-time students enrolled at the institution.

Retention Rates

Graduates are removed from retention calculations.

2017–18 Academic Year
  • percentage of part-time candidates enrolled (percentage of total enrollment): 80.5% (284 students)
  • retention rate among part-time candidates: 33.5% (95 students)
  • percentage of full-time candidates enrolled (percentage of total enrollment): 19.5% (69 students)
  • retention rate among full-time candidates: 43.7% (28 students)
2016–17 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)
2015–16 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)