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Early Childhood Care and Education

Program Description: The Early Childhood Care and Education Diploma program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the field of early childhood education. The program emphasizes a combination of early childhood care and education theory and practical application as well as limited general core competencies necessary for successful employment. Graduates have qualifications to be employed in early care and education settings including child care centers, Head Start, and Georgia Pre-K programs.

Length of Program: Four (4) Semesters

Cost of Program: Click Here.

Entrance Date: Beginning of each semester.


Entrance Requirements: Refer to 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.

Note: Students with Child Development Associate (CDA), current CPR certification, current First Aid certification, and a letter from their employer stating that they are currently employed in the childcare industry will be exempted from ECCE 1101, ECCE 1103, and ECCE 1105.

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.

Program Final Exit Point: Early Childhood Care and Education, Diploma.

Credits Required for Graduation: 53 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation.

For more information regarding this program including job placement rate, on-time graduation rate, costs, occupational information, etc., Please Click Here.

 

Curriculum

Credit Hours

 
1. Basic Skills Courses (8-9 hours)
 
  EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development 2
  ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
  MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
 
2. Occupational Courses (45 hours)
  COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers 3
  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
  ECCE 1113 Creative Activities for Children 3
  ECCE 1121 Early Childhood Care and Education Practicum 3
  ECCE 2115 Language and Literacy 3
  ECCE 2116 Math and Science 3
  ECCE 2202 Social Issues and Family Involvement 3
  ECCE 2203 Guidance and Classroom Management 3
  ECCE 2240 Early Childhood Care and Education Internship 12
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