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Child Development Specialist

Course Description: The Early Childhood Care and Education Child Development Specialist TCC is a sequence of five courses designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the field of early childhood education. The program emphasizes the basics needed for a career in early childhood, but this TCC also includes more content about planning curriculum and working in the field. In addition, the student may complete a practicum and work in a child care program. Graduates have qualifications to be employed in early care and education settings including child care centers, Head Start, and Georgia Pre-K programs.

Cost of Program: Click Here.

Entrance Date: Beginning of each semester.

Entrance Requirements: Refer to the Admissions criteria.  Click for Entrance Score Requirements.

Age: Applicant must be 16 years of age or older.

Education: A high school diploma or equivalent (GED) is not necessary for application or admission, but must be received prior to the awarding of this certificate.  College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Advisor: A program advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course.  An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Program Exit Point: Child Development Specialist, Technical Certificate of Credit.

Credits Required for Graduation: 14 minimum semester hours credits required for graduation.

Criminal Background Check: In accordance with HB 350, effective January 1, 2014, all ECCE students will be required to complete a Criminal History Records Check and receive a satisfactory determination from the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning in order to be placed in a child care learning center, group day-care home, or family day-care home.  An unsatisfactory determination can affect completion of the ECCE program as the student would not be able to be placed for Practicum and/or Internship.



Credit Hours

1. Occupational Courses (14 - 15 hours)
  ECCE 1101 Introduction to Early Childhood Care and Education 3
  ECCE 1103 Child Growth and Development 3
  ECCE 1105 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
  ECCE 1112 Curriculum and Assessment 3
  and one of the following (2 - 3 hours)
    EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development 2
    ECCE 1121 Early Childhood Care and Education Practicum (3)
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