Early Childhood Care and Education EC13

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. Graduates of this program will receive one of five areas of specialization: exceptionalities, infant/toddler, program administration, paraprofessional/school age, or family child care.

Program Approval

The Early Childhood Care and Education program is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

External Standards

Though not an external accrediting agency, Bright from the Start (BFTS) determines and approves the credentials of childcare workers in Georgia. TCSG works closely with BFTS to make sure its programs meet the training needs required for approved credentials of early childcare teachers and professionals. To work in a childcare field, an employee must pass a criminal background check. Students should check with the college and employers for details. The Early Childhood Care and Education, Degree program must conform to the institutional accreditation requirements of the Council on Occupational Education (COE) or the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (COC). To work in a childcare field, an employee must pass a criminal background check. Students should check with the college and employers for details.

Other Conditions for Admission

Criminal background checks and drug screens may be required based on the requirements for participation on clinical experiences.

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application;
  • High School diploma or equivalent required: Yes
  • Age Requirement: 16
  • Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts, if applicable;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.

Area I - Language Arts/Communications — 6 Hours

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Minimum Area I - Language Arts/Communications Credit Hours:
6

Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences — 3 Hours

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Credits
Minimum Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences Credit Hours:
3

Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts — 3 Hours

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Minimum Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts Credit Hours:
3

Specific General Education Core Elective (3 hrs) — 3 Hours

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Specific General Education Core Elective (3 hrs)  +
3
Minimum Specific General Education Core Elective (3 hrs) Credit Hours:
3

Paraprofessional Specialization — 6 Hours

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Minimum Paraprofessional Specialization Credit Hours:
6
Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation:
72

Overview

Program

Type

Associate of Applied Science, AAS

Location(s)

Jesup, Waycross