Career Pathways

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Youth apprenticeships in Early Childhood Education offer a launching pad for excelling youth to learn highly sought after skills, earn industry recognized credentials, earn a post-secondary certification or degree at no tuition costs, and earn progressive wages throughout the journey.

Pre-Apprenticeship (High School)
High School Coursework
  • FE 12 Early Childhood education II OR
  • EDU 119 Intro to Early Childhood Education
  • State Qualifying Letter
  • NC ECE Credential
  • All DCDEE Health & Safety Training
  • ITS-SIDS Certification
On-The-Job Learning
  • WBL experience within your EC education course
High School Graduation
Apprenticeship (College)
Related Instruction
  • Community College Diploma or Associates in Early Childhood Education
Paid On-the-Job Learning
  • Local Community College A.A.S. in ECE
  • On-the-Job Learning with a Progressive Wage Scale
Program Completion
  • Transferable college credit and an industry recognized credential
  • High school diploma
  • Professional network & mentors
  • Paid work experience

Learn more about

Preschool Teachers

For more information, contact Elizabeth Standafer, Youth Apprenticeship Manager at Apprenticeship NC, at


NC Governor Roy Cooper
NC Department of Public Instruction
NC Community College System
NC Department of Commerce
Apprenticeship NC
Charlotte Executive Leadership Council