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Early Childhood

Early childhood programs prepare students to work with children and families in child development centers, family or group homes or agencies.  Employment opportunities include child care teacher, teacher assistant and family service worker.  Criminal background records check and health information are required.

Students interested in owning, operating or managing a day care facility should enroll in the associate degree program with business specialty. The degree covers not only early childhood teaching methodologies, but also provides the graduate with the business skills needed for these positions. Coursework in business law, small business management, payroll accounting and supervision are incorporated into the degree program to provide the necessary skills to effective operate a day care facility.

Note: These are occupational courses, not intended for transfer and do not lead to teacher certification. These courses may serve as electives for the Associate in Arts degree. Eligible students may earn the Early Childhood credential and  receive financial assistance for completion of ECD 101 through SC Center for Child Care Career Development and through T.E.A.C.H. Learn more.

Students interested in working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree with an elementary education major enroll in the associate degree transfer program. In addition to the early childhood teaching methodologies included in the curriculum, the transfer track includes general education courses that transfer to all public institutions in South Carolina. Interested students should contact their advisor to discuss the transferability of the major courses (ECD) to the institution of their choosing.

ASSOCIATE DEGREES

Associate in Applied Science in General Technology – Early Childhood – Business (AAS.GEN.ECDB)
Credits Required for Graduation: 69
Overall Grade point average of 2.00 (C=2) on all college work presented to fulfill program requirements.
Complete course work in the following areas:

A. College Success: 3 credits
COL 103 - College Skills - 3 credits

B. General Education: 15 credits
ENG 155 - Communications I - 3 credits
HSS 205 - Technology and Society or Humanities - 3 credits
MAT 155 - Contemporary Mathematics - 3 credits
PSY 103 - Human Relations - 3 credits
SPC 105 - Effective Speaking - 3 credits

C. Technical Speciality: 27 credits
ECD 101 - Intro to Early Childhood - 3 credits
ECD 102 - Growth and Development I - 3 credits
ECD 105 - Guidance-Classroom Management - 3 credits
ECD 107 - Exceptional Children - 3 credits
ECD 131 - *Language Arts - 3 credits
ECD 132 - Creative Experiences - 3 credits
ECD 133 - *Science and Math Concepts - 3 credits
ECD 135 - Health, Safety and Nutrition - 3 credits
ECD 203 - Growth and Development II - 3 credits
* Require placement scores or prerequisites

D. Cross Technology: 18 credits
ACC 150 - Payroll Accounting - 3 credits
BUS 121 - Business Law I - 3 credits
BUS 130 - Business Communications - 3 credits
CPT 101 - Intro to Computers - 3 credits
MGT 120 - Small Business Management - 3 credits
MGT 150 - Fundamentals of Supervision - 3 credits

E. Electives: 6 Credits
Technical Elective - 3 credits
General Elective - 3 credits

Associate in Applied Science in General Technology – Early Childhood – Transfer (AAS.GEN.ECDT)
Credits Required for Graduation: 68
Overall Grade point average of 2.00 (C=2) on all college work presented to fulfill program requirements.
Complete course work in the following areas:

A. College Success: 3 credits
COL 103 - College Skills - 3 credits

B. General Education: 15 credits
ENG 101 - English Composition I - 3 credits
HSS 205 - Technology and Society or Humanities - 3 credits
MAT - Choose from 110, 120, 122, 211 - 3 credits
PSY 201 - General Psychology - 3 credits
SPC 205 - Public Speaking - 3 credits

C. Technical Speciality: 27 credits
ECD 101 - Intro to Early Childhood - 3 credits
ECD 102 - Growth and Development I - 3 credits
ECD 105 - Guidance-Classroom Management - 3 credits
ECD 107 - Exceptional Children - 3 credits
ECD 131 - *Language Arts - 3 credits
ECD 132 - Creative Experiences - 3 credits
ECD 133 - *Science and Math Concepts - 3 credits
ECD 135 - Health, Safety and Nutrition - 3 credits
ECD 203 - Growth and Development II - 3 credits
* Require placement scores or prerequisites

D. Cross Technology: 17 credits
PSY 203 - Human Growth and Development - 3 credits
SOC 101 - Intro to Sociology - 3 credits
SOC 205 - Social Problems - 3 credits
Lab Sciences - 8 credits

E. Electives: 6 Credits
Technical Elective - 3 credits
General Elective - 3 credits

CERTIFICATE

Public Service - Early Childhood Development (CPS.ECD)
Credits Required for Completion: 27
Overall Grade-point average of 2.0 (C=2) on all college work presented to fulfill program requirements.
Complete work in the following areas:

A. Major Courses: 27 credits
ECD 101 - Intro to Early Childhood - 3 credits
ECD 102 - Growth and Development I - 3 credits
ECD 105 - Guidance-Classroom Management - 3 credits
ECD 107 - Exceptional Children - 3 credits
ECD 131 - *Language Arts - 3 credits
ECD 132 - Creative Experiences - 3 credits
ECD 133 - *Science and Math Concepts - 3 credits
ECD 135 - Health, Safety and Nutrition - 3 credits
ECD 203 - Growth and Development II - 3 credits
*Require placement scores or prerequisites.

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