Technical Certificate of Credit

Program Description: The Early Childhood Care and Education Child Development Specialist TCC is a sequence of five courses designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the field of early childhood education. The program emphasizes the basics needed for a career in early childhood, but this TCC also includes more content about planning curriculum and working in the field. In addition, the student may complete a practicum and work in a child care program. Graduates have qualifications to be employed in early care and education settings including child care centers, Head Start, and Georgia Pre-K programs.

Student Learning Outcomes:
• Students will create a Developmentally Appropriate Thematic Unit.

Program Offered at the Following Sites: Cairo, Camilla, Moultrie-Veterans Parkway, Thomasville, Tifton, Select High Schools

Length of Program: One (1) Semester

Cost of Program: Click Here.

Entrance Date:
Main Campus: Fall (mornings) & Spring (afternoons).
Grady Campus: Fall (afternoons) & Summer (mornings).

Entrance Requirements: Refer to the Admissions criteria. Click for Entrance Score Requirements.

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.

Advisor: A Program Advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Program Final Exit Point: Child Development Specialist, Technical Certificate of Credit.

Credits Required for Graduation: 14 minimum semester hours credits required for graduation.

Note: Credits from this program may be applied to the diploma or degree program.

Criminal Background Check: In accordance with HB 401, effective May 1, 2015, 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.


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Barfield, Jessica
Early Childhood Care and Education Program Chair
School of Professional Services
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Buckholts , Sandra
Early Childhood Care & Education Faculty
School of Professional Services
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Dunn, Ann
Early Childhood Care and Education Faculty
School of Professional Services
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Jones, Carolyn
Early Childhood Care & Education Faulty
School of Professional Services
Moultrie Veterans Parkway
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