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Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Description: The Early Childhood Care and Education associate of applied science degree program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the field of early childhood education. The program emphasizes a combination of early childhood care and education theory and practical application as well as general core competencies necessary for successful employment. Graduates have qualifications to be employed in early care and education settings including child care centers, Head Start, Georgia Pre-K programs, and elementary school paraprofessional positions.

Student Learning Outcomes:
•   Students will create a Developmentally Appropriate Thematic Unit.
•   Students will create an Exceptionalities Resource File.
•   Students will create a Behavior and Management Resource File.
•   Students will teach using Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP).

Program Offered at the Following Sites: Cairo, Moultrie-Veterans Parkway, Thomasville, Tifton

Length of Program: Six (6) Semesters

Cost of Program: Click Here.

Entrance Date: Beginning of each Semester

Entrance Requirements: Refer to 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.

Note: Students with a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, current CPR certification, current First Aid certification, and a letter from their employer stating that they are currently employed in the childcare industry will be exempted from ECCE 1101, ECCE 1103, and ECCE 1105.

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.

Program Final Exit Point: Early Childhood Care and Education, Associate of Applied Science.

Credits Required for Graduation: 75 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation.


Credit Hours

1. General Core Courses 18
  Area I: Language Arts/Communication 3
    Required Course(s):
    ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric  
  Area II: Social/Behavioral Sciences 3
    Required Course(s):
    PSYC 1101 Introductory Psychology  
  Area III: Natural Sciences/Mathematics 3
    Required Course(s):
     One Mathematics Course
  Area IV: Humanities/Fine Arts 3
  And two additional courses from Area I, II, III, or IV (3 Hours)(as approved by program advisor) 6
  General Education courses and electives for the Associate Level can be found on this page.  
2. Institutional Credit (3 hours)
    COLL 1500 Student Success  
3. Occupational Courses (43 hours)
  COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers 3
  ECCE 1101 Introduction to Early Childhood Care and Education 3
  ECCE 1103 Child Growth and Development 3
  ECCE 1105 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
  ECCE 1112 Curriculum and Assessment 3
  ECCE 1113 Creative Activities for Children 3
  ECCE 1121 Early Childhood Care and Education Practicum 3
  ECCE 2115 Language and Literacy 3
  ECCE 2116 Math and Science 3
  ECCE 2201 Exceptionalities 3
  ECCE 2202 Social Issues and Family Involvement 3
  ECCE 2203 Guidance and Classroom Management 3
  ECCE 2240 Early Childhood Care and Education Internship 12
4. And one of the following specializations (6 hours)  
Paraprofessional Specialization 6
      ECCE 2310 Paraprofessional Methods and Materials 3
      ECCE 2312 Paraprofessional Roles and Practices 3
Program Administration Specialization 6
      ECCE 2320 Program Administration and Facility Management 3
      ECCE 2322 Personnel Management 3