The Early Care and Education Associate Degree in Applied Science program is designed to prepare individuals for employment in a variety of educational and child care programs for children from birth through school age. Recent research and interest in the importance of education of children during the first three years of life has provided for a growing number of new opportunities in the field. Graduates are prepared to assume positions in programs such as Head Start, Early Head Start, public schools, childcare, after-school care, public or private preschools or kindergartens, or working with children with special needs.

Courses in the program are available in a variety of formats.

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

The Associate Degree in Applied Science with a major in Early Care and Education does not lead to teacher licensure, but opportunities for transfer to senior colleges and universities are available. The T.E.A.C.H. South Carolina Scholarship program may be available for persons already employed in child care.

*Required for student to obtain the South Carolina Early Childhood Credential.

**Required for students to obtain the South Carolina School-Age Credential

***Intended for those desiring to transfer.

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

The Early Care and Education program at Central Carolina Technical College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, www.naeyc.org. The accreditation term runs from February 1, 2014 through July 31, 2021.

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Program Contact:

Leslie D. Williams

Department Chair, Early Care and Education

(803) 778-7818 ext. 418

M700A


Developmental Courses

This program of study requires that all developmental courses 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 013 and RWR 032. These courses do not count for credit in any program of study.

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:

General Education Core Courses - 21 Credit Hours

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or

Note(s): Either take MAT 101 or 102 or 250, Either take MUS 105 or ART 101

FALL SEMESTER - FIRST YEAR

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ECD 131

3

3

SPRING SEMESTER - FIRST YEAR

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SUMMER SEMESTER - FIRST YEAR

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Lab Hours
Credit Hours

FALL SEMESTER - SECOND YEAR

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or

SPRING SEMESTER - SECOND YEAR

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Lab Hours
Credit Hours

or

Infant-Toddler Certificate Electives

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Management Electives

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