Early Childhood Care and Education
Program Description: The Early Childhood Care and Education associate of applied science degree 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 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, Georgia Pre-K programs, and elementary school paraprofessional positions.
Student Learning Outcomes:
• Students will create a developmentally appropriate thematic unit.
• Students will teach using Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP).
• Students will create a Behavior and Management Resource File.
Length of Program: Six (6) Semesters
Cost of Program: Click Here.
Entrance Date: Beginning of each semester.
Entrance Requirements: Refer to Admissions criteria. Click for Entrance Scores.
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.
Note: Students with Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, 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 11050.
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, Associate of Applied Science.
Credits Required for Graduation: 72 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation
|1. General Core Courses||18|
|Area I: Language Arts/Communication||3|
|ENGL||1101||Composition and Rhetoric|
|Area II: Social/Behavioral Sciences||3|
|Area III: Natural Sciences/Mathematics||3|
|Area IV: Humanities/Fine Arts||3|
|And two additional courses from Area I, II, III, or IV (as approved by program advisor)||6|
|General Education courses and electives for the Associate Level can be found on this page.|
|2. Occupational Courses (54 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|
|and at least one of the following Specializations (6 hours)|
|Paraprofessional Specialization (6 hours)|
|ECCE||2310||Paraprofessional Methods and Materials||3|
|ECCE||2312||Paraprofessional Roles and Practice||3|
|Program Administration Specialization (6 hours)|
|ECCE||2320||Program Administration and Facility Management||3|