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
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
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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