Early Childhood Program

Contact Info

Barbara Pavel-Alvarez
Early Childhood Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Early Childhood
B.S., M.S. West Virginia University
Office: ED 142
Phone: 304-367-4848

Contact Info-Janet Cole

Janet Cole
Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Program 
B. Ed. Southern Nazarene University
M. ECE Carlow University
Office: ED 140
Phone: 304-367-4853

Contact Info-Brian A. Floyd

Brian A. Floyd, CEC, CCE, MA
Dean - School of Human Services
Executive Director of Culinary Academy
ACF Certified Executive Chef
ACF Certified Culinary Educator
M.A. Marshall University
Room: ED 143
Phone: 304-367-4409
Email: brian.floyd@pierpont.edu


Program Purpose:

The Early Childhood Associate of Applied Science Degree includes the study of the growth and development of young children as well as the planning, preparation and implementation of appropriate curriculum and environments for early childhood programs. Students gain practical experience working with children at the campus Laboratory Preschool and in early childhood programs within the community.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the AAS degree in Early Childhood, students will be able to do the following:

  • Plan, prepare and implement appropriate curriculum for a quality early childhood program based on a knowledge of child development and appropriate practices.
  • Plan classroom learning environments that are developmentally appropriate.
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills, teaching methods and professional conduct while working with young children.
  • Document that all West Virginia Child Care Licensing regulations for center employees are met.
  • Demonstrate ability to implement West Virginia Early Learning Standards while working with young children.


Graduates with the Early Childhood Associate of Applied Science Degree are qualified to teach in child care centers, Head Start programs, private nursery schools, private preschools or to serve as a Nanny.  Graduates meet state requirements to be the director of a Type I, II or III child care center in the state of West Virginia. Other employment opportunities include positions in public and private organizations providing services for children. A background check is required for students in this program and for employment in this field.

Pierpont Community & Technical College has an articulation agreement that allows graduates with the Early Childhood AAS Degree to apply all credit hours towards the Child Development and Family Studies Bachelor of Science, Birth through Pre-Kindergarten teacher certification degree at West Virginia University.

2 + 2 Articulation Agreement for WVU and Pierpont C&TC

Amendment to 2 + 2 Articulation Agreement for WVU and Pierpont C&TC

Education Assistance -- T.E.A.C.H. WV Scholarship

The T.E.A.C.H. WV scholarship program provides assistance to early care professionals throughout the state of West Virginia. Scholarships include tuition assistance, partial book reimbursement, travel stipend, and paid release time. Scholarship applications are accepted and awarded year round. Please visit www.wvearlychildhood.org to learn more about the program and application process.

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