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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: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED).   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.

 

Curriculum

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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