Early Childhood Development (ECHD)

(CIP Code 190709)

42 Semester Hours

The Early Childhood Development Diploma in Applied Science program is designed to prepare individuals for employment in educational and child care facilities serving children from birth through eight years of age. Positions for which program graduates may be eligible include child development assistant, early childhood (child care) teacher, and special needs assistant. All courses in the Early Childhood Development Diploma program can be applied toward the Associate Degree in Early Care and Education.

Courses in the program are available during the day and evening.

Students entering this program of study must furnish a copy of High School Diploma or GED Certificate.


General Education Core Requirements - 9 Credit Hours

COL 105 Freshman Seminar

ENG 101 English Composition I


ENG 165 Professional Communications

MAT 101 Beginning Algebra


MAT 110 College Algebra

Developmental Courses

This program of study requires that all developmental courses must be completed prior to graduation. These developmental courses may or may not be prerequisites to courses required in the program. Developmental courses are determined by placement tests taken at the time of admission into the College. The developmental courses are MAT 031, MAT 032, RDG 032, and ENG 032. These courses do not count for credit in any program of study.

courses required to complete this program

Following is a list of courses required to complete this program. Since some courses are offered once a year, courses should be taken in the following sequence in order to complete the program in a timely manner:


COL 105 Freshman Seminar 303

ECD 101 Introduction to Early Childhood 303

ECD 102 Growth and Development I 332

ECD 133 Science and Math Concepts 303

ENG 101 English Composition I 303


ENG 165 Professional Communications



ECD 107 Exceptional Children 332

ECD 131 Language Arts 303

ECD 132 Creative Experiences 303

ECD 203 Growth and Development II 332

MAT 101 Beginning Algebra 303


MAT 110 College Algebra



ECD 105 Guidance-Classroom Management 303

ECD 135 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 303

ECD 237 Methods and Materials 332

ECD 243 Supervised Field Experience I 361



421836Program Total


This program is aligned with the following career cluster: Education & Training

Gainful Employment Data

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship

If you are currently working in child care you may qualify for a scholarship to help with the cost of tuition and textbooks.  Please click here to find out more information about the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship.


Program Contact

Williams, Leslie D. Department Chair, Early Care and Education