Early Childhood Education

  • Early Childhood Education majors get jobs such as: early childhood teaching assistants or aides in schools or child care development centers and are prepared to provide individual child care development services as well.  With more advanced education, students may become early childhood education teachers in child development centers or in schools for grades K-3.  They may also become child development center managers/directors or owners.


    Early Childhood Education 1     570083CD

    Grades 10 - 12                                                 

    2 units

    Prerequisite: None

    Through study and practical application, Early Childhood Education 1 provides students with a foundation for understanding child growth and development, child nutrition, health and safety, behavior guidance, program planning, maintenance of the child's environment, and management of routine child-centered activities.  Students will also study the laws, regulations, and policies governing child care services.  Direct hands-on work experience with children is incorporated into this program and constitutes 25% of class time.

    Early Childhood Education 2     570183CW

    Grades 11 - 12                                                    

    1 unit

    Prerequisite: Early Childhood Education 1 and enrolled in ECD 101 

    This course builds on the Level 1 program.  Students will continue the academic study of child growth and development, child nutrition, health and safety, behavioral guidance, program planning, maintenance of the child's environment, and management of routine activities.  Students will be engaged in practical application through on-site training in the adjoining childcare center and/or in centers and schools throughout the community.  There is an articulation agreement with CCTC for students to earn credit for ECD 132 - Creative Experiences and ECD 135 - Health, Safety, and Nutrition

    DE Introduction to Early Childhood (ECD 101)     570821EW

    Grades 11 - 12                                                    

    1 unit

    Prerequisite: Earn a qualifying score on the CCTC placement exam or have a satisfactory SAT/ACT scores

    This course is an overview of growth and development, developmentally appropriate curriculum, positive guidance techniques, regulations, health, safety, and nutrition standards in early care and education.  Professionalism, family/cultural values, and practical applications based on historical and theoretical models in early care and education are highlighted in this course.

    DE Freshman Seminar (COL 105)     481021CW

    Grades 11 - 12                                                    

    1 unit

    Prerequisite: Earn a qualifying score on the CCTC placement exam or have a satisfactory SAT/ACT scores

    This course is a study of the purposes of higher education and provides a general orientation to the functions and resources of the college.  The course is designed to help freshmen adjust to the college community, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire essential academic survival skills.  New transfer students are also encouraged to complete this course to assist in familiarity with CCTC Student Support and Resources.

    Education and Training, WBC     639082CW

    Grade 12                                                 

    1 unit

    Prerequisite: Early Childhood Education 2 and teacher recommendation

    Students who have successfully completed the Level 1 and Level 2 courses have the option of registering for Level 3 with the recommendation of the teacher. Curriculum continues beyond level 2 and may include internship opportunities.  

    DE The Young Child: Development, Care, & Education (Birth to 3 years) (EDU 204)     880700EW

    Grade 12                                                    

    1 unit

    Prerequisite: ECD 101

    This course provides students with a basic understanding of infant & toddler development and care from an ecological perspective. Assessment of children in various settings is emphasized. Students are required to participate in a practicum in infant & toddler development and care which includes service learning. 

    DE Language Arts (ECD 131)     881400EW

    Grade 12                                                    

    1 unit

    Prerequisite: ECD 101 and EDU 204

    This course is a study of methods and materials in age-appropriate language experiences. Opportunities are provided to develop listening, speaking, prereading, and prewriting skills through planning, implementation, and evaluation of media, methods, techniques, and equipment. Methods of selection, evaluation, and presentation of children’s literature are included.

    DE Guidance-Classroom Management (ECD 105)     881300EW

    Grade 12                                                    

    1 unit

    Prerequisite: ECD 101 and EDU 204

    This course is an overview of developmentally appropriate, effective guidance and classroom management techniques for the teacher of young children. A positive pro-active approach is stressed in the course.

    DE Growth and Development 2 (ECD 203)     681200EW

    Grade 12                                                    

    1 unit

    Prerequisite: ECD 101 and EDU 204

    This course is an in-depth study of preschool children growing and developing in today’s world. Focus is on “total” development of the child with emphasis on physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and nutritional areas of development. Developmental tasks and appropriate activities are explored in the course.

    Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) - Child Care Assistant Certificate

    The Child Care Assistant Certificate program specifically prepares graduates for assisting classroom teachers in the care and supervision of children in preschool and child care settings. This certificate meets the skill proficiencies of an Early Childhood Educator Level 1 (ECE 1) designated by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in the Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators. The ECE I is expected to demonstrate introductory knowledge and application of the standards and competencies. All courses in the Child Care Assistant Certificate program can be applied toward the Associate Degree in Early Care and Education.

    Job opportunities are available in assistant positions in child care programs, preschools, Head Start programs, child development centers, after school programs, programs for children with special needs, and self-employment.

    Students who complete ECD 101, Introduction to Early Childhood may be eligible for the South Carolina Early Childhood Credential.