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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?

  • Complete an application for Cape Fear Community College (it is available online at www.cfcc.edu).
  • Arrange to take the placement tests. (Contact:  Patrick Pittman at (910)362-7043).
  • Register for classes during registration time periods.

Do I have to take the placement tests?

  • Yes. Placement tests are required for all Early Childhood classes except EDU 119 Early Childhood Education.
  • Contact Patrick Pittman (910)362-7043 to schedule placement tests.

Do you have classes online?

  • Yes.  Some Early Childhood classes are offered as hybrid classes.
  • Other required courses (English, Math, Psychology etc.) in the Early Childhood degree may be offered online.

I took Early Childhood classes in High School.  Can I get credit for it at CFCC?

  • Contact Director of Counseling Jackie Foster (910) 362-7019 concerning the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for eligibility requirements.
  • High School transcripts, Vocat scores etc. will need to be presented to the Director of Counseling for evaluation.

I took Early Childhood classes in High School.  Do I have to take the class to get my NC Early Childhood Credentials?

  • Contact Director of Counseling Jackie Foster (910) 362-7019 concerning the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for eligibility requirements.
  • High School transcripts, Vocat scores etc. will need to be presented to the Director of Counseling for evaluation.

Can I still take Credentials I and II?

  • No.  EDU 111 Early Childhood Credentials I and EDU 112:  Early Childhood Credentials II have been archived and replaced with EDU 119 Early Childhood Education.

Are all the lab classes and the practicum done in the CFCC Child Development Center?

  • Yes.  EDU 151A Creative Activities Lab, EDU 234A Infant, Toddlers and Twos Lab, EDU 251A Exploration Activities Lab, and EDU 280A Language and Literacy Lab primarily conduct activities in the CFCC Child Development Center.
  • EDU 284 Early Childhood Capstone Practicum is also completed in the CFCC Child Development Center.

Which classes in the degree program will transfer to UNCW?

  • There is an articulation agreement between CFCC’s Early Childhood Associate Degree Program and UNCW’s Bachelor of Art degree in Education of Young Children.

What classes do I have to take to qualify as a lead teacher in an early childhood or child care facility?

  •  According to the NC Division of Child Development “All lead teachers shall have at least an NC Early Childhood Credential or its equivalent.”  The class to meet the coursework towards this credential is EDU 119 Introduction to Early Childhood Education.

What classes do I have to take to qualify as an Administrator (also known as the  director) in an early childhood or child care facility?

  • According to the NC Division of Child Development “All child care administrators shall have at least a Level 1 NC Early Childhood Administration Credential or its equivalent.”   To be awarded a Level I Credential, the specific classes to meet coursework requirements are EDU 261 Early Childhood Administration I and EDU 262 Early Childhood Administration II.  Seven additional semester hours of early childhood coursework must also be successfully completed.
  • CFCC requires EDU 119 Early Childhood Education as a corequisite for EDU 261 and EDU 262.

Does the Early Childhood Associate Certificate qualify for financial aid?

  • No, it does not meet the current financial aid qualifications.


Wilmington Campus
411 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

North Campus
4500 Blue Clay Road
Castle Hayne, NC 28429

Burgaw Center
100 East Industrial Drive
Burgaw, NC 28425

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Monday-Friday: 8:00am to 5:00pm

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