Early Childhood Care and Education (Associate)

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.

Length of Program: Six (6) Semesters

Locations offered:
Moultrie VPC
Thomasville
Tifton
Cairo

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).

Entrance Date: Beginning of each Semester

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

Age: N/A

Education: A high scjool diploma or equivalent (GED) is not required for application or admission, but is required for graduation.

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.

Cost
1st Term
Tuition: $1335
Fees: $309
Books: $777.1
Total: $2421.1

2nd Term
Tuition: $1335
Fees: $421
Books: $811.2
Total: $2567.2

3rd Term
Books: $460
Fees: $284
Tuition: $1068
Total: $1812

4th Term
Tuition: $1335
Fees: $284
Books: $741.27
Total: $2360.27

5th Term
Tuition: $1335
Fees: $334
Books: $46.7
Total: $1715.7

Curriculum Credits

1: General Core Courses (18 hours)

18

Area i: Language Arts/Communications (3 hours) 3
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
Area II: Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 hours) 3
PSYC 1101 Introductory Psychology 3
Area III: Natural Sciences/Mathematics (3 hours) 3
MATH 1111 College Algebra 3
Area IV: Humanities/Fine Arts (3 hours) 3
And two additional courses from Area I, II, III, or IV (6 hours)(as approved by program advisor) 6

2: Institutional Credit (3 hours)

3

COLL 1500 Student Success 3

3: Occupational Courses (54 hours)

48

ECCE 2115 Language and Literacy 3
ECCE 1121 EarlyChildhoodCare&EdPracticum 3
ECCE 1113 Creative Activities for Child 3
ECCE 1112 Curriculum and Assessment 3
ECCE 1105 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
ECCE 1103 Child Growth and Development 3
ECCE 1101 Introduction to ECCE 3
COMP 1000 Intro to Computer Literacy 3
ECCE 2116 Math and Science 3
ECCE 2201 Exceptionalities 3
ECCE 2202 Social Issues&Family Involveme 3
ECCE 2203 Guidance/Classroom Mgmt 3
ECCE 2240 Early CCE Internship 12

4: And one of the following specializations (6 hours)

18

Exeptionalities Specialization 6
ECCE 2360 Class Strategies/Except Child 3
ECCE 2362 Exp Your Role in Excep Environ 3
Paraprofessional Specialization 6
ECCE 2310 Paraprofess Methods&Materials 3
ECCE 2312 Paraprofessional Role&Practice 3
Program Administration Specialization 6
ECCE 2320 Program Admin & Facilty Mng 3
ECCE 2322 Personnel Management 3

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