Early Childhood Development Certificate (ECHC)

(CIP Code 190109)

31 Semester Hours

The Early Childhood Development Certificate program prepares graduates for employment in educational programs for children from birth to age eight. Individuals will obtain a basic understanding of the developmental needs of young children and will learn how to create a nurturing environment in preschool and after school programs. All courses in the Early Childhood Development Certificate program can be applied toward the Associate Degree in Early Care and Education.

Job opportunities in this area are increasing because more children are attending pre-primary schools than ever before. Job opportunities are available in public and private nursery schools and child care.

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.

The T.E.A.C.H. South Carolina scholarship may be available for students already employed in child care. Students who complete ECD 101, Introduction to Early Childhood may be eligible for the South Carolina Early Childhood Credential.

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 013 and RWR 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 132 Creative Experiences 303

ECD 133 Science and Math Concepts 303

EDU 204 The Young Child: Development, Care, & Education (Birth to 3 years) 433



ECD 101 Introduction to Early Childhood 303

ECD 107 Exceptional Children 332

ECD 131 Language Arts 303

ECD 203 Growth and Development II 332



ECD 105 Guidance-Classroom Management 303

ECD 135 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 303



31928Program Total


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

Program Contact

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