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Associate in Applied Science: Major in Early Care and Education

The Associate in Applied Science: Major in Early Care and Education degree is designed to prepare candidates for a variety of careers working with children and families in the field of early care and education. Academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills are cultivated by learning opportunities based on best practices and current research in the field. The program offers a balance of developmental and educational theory and practice; a foundation in ethics, advocacy, and leadership skills; supervised hands-on experiences and general core coursework necessary for successful employment.

Program graduates are qualified for employment in early care and education settings including Head Start, child care centers and 4K programs, elementary school paraprofessional positions, and other agencies serving children and families. The program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation.

The successful student in the Early Care and Education program must possess effective communication skills with adults and children, strong critical thinking and decision making skills, as well as a well-grounded professional work ethic. These students must enjoy a variety of creative activities and be able to be actively involved with children for extended periods of time.

For all courses requiring off-site field work and the capstone field placement course leading to graduation, the Early Care and Education program requires the following prerequisites:

  • Clear criminal background check
  • Health assessment denoting good health
  • Negative tuberculosis skin test
  • Student liability insurance
  • Current certification in First Aid and Infant, Child, and Adult CPR (EDU 243)

Admission to the Associate in Applied Science with a Major in Early Care and Education degree program is restricted to those who have met the prerequisite requirements and/or have the permission of the department chair. While some courses may transfer, the program is not designed as a transfer degree and this degree does not lead to teacher certification.

In order to enter the Early Care and Education program, the following courses must be successfully completed with a grade “C” or higher: ENG 032; RDG 032; MAT 032.

While completing these courses, you may enter the Occupational Studies - Emphasis in Early Care & Education Certificate.

A criminal record could make a student ineligible for enrollment or participation in a supervised field experience, creating an inability to graduate from the program. Persons who have been convicted of a felony offense are not employable in the early care and education field.

General Education.................... 15 Credits

Humanities/Fine Arts 9 credits ENG 101 English Composition I - 3 credits
Select Humanities/Fine Arts courses totaling 3 credits from the course list.
-AND- Select ONE course from the following:
SPC 205 Public Speaking - 3 credits
SPC 209 Interpersonal Communications - 3 credits

Physical Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics 3 credits Select ONE course from the following:
MAT 102 Intermediate Algebra - 3 credits
MAT 110 College Algebra - 3 credits

Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credits PSY 201 General Psychology - 3 credits

Major Course Requirements.................... 48 Credits ECD 101 Intro to Early Childhood - 3 credits
ECD 102 Growth and Development I - 3 credits
ECD 105 Guidance and Classroom Management - 3 credits
ECD 106 Observation of Young Children - 3 credits
ECD 107 Exceptional Children - 3 credits
ECD 108 Family and Community Relations - 3 credits
ECD 131 Language Arts - 3 credits
ECD 132 Creative Experiences - 3 credits
ECD 133 Science and Math Concepts - 3 credits
ECD 135 Health, Safety, and Nutrition - 3 credits
ECD 138 Movement and Music for Young Children - 3 credits
ECD 201 Principles of Ethics and Leadership in Early Care and Education - 3 credits
ECD 203 Growth and Development II - 3 credits
ECD 237 Methods and Materials - 3 credits
ECD 243 Supervised Field Placement - 3 credits
ECD 252 Diversity Issues in Early Care and Education - 3 credits

Additional Course Requirements.... 3 Credits CPT 101 Introduction to Computers - 3 credits

Total Credits Required: 66 Credits

Note: Every student must obtain certification in CPR and First Aid prior to graduation.


Early Childhood Development Certificate

The Early Childhood Development Certificate provides the student with the skills to assume the role and responsibilities of a person employed in the early childhood profession, to assume the personal qualities necessary for effective care giving and to demonstrate an awareness of a curriculum which is developmentally appropriate for young children.

General Education................... 6 Credits ENG 101 English Composition I - 3 credits
MAT 101 Beginning Algebra - 3 credits

Major Course Requirements.................... 30 Credits ECD 101 Intro to Early Childhood - 3 credits
ECD 102 Growth and Development I - 3 credits
ECD 105 Guidance and Classroom Management - 3 credits
ECD 107 Exceptional Children - 3 credits
ECD 108 Family and Community Relations - 3 credits
ECD 131 Language Arts - 3 credits
ECD 132 Creative Experiences - 3 credits
ECD 133 Science and Math Concepts - 3 credits
ECD 135 Health, Safety, and Nutrition - 3 credits
ECD 203 Growth and Development II - 3 credits

Additional Course Requirements.... 3 Credits CPT 101 Introduction to Computers - 3 credits

Total Credits Required: 39 Credits

Note: All students must undergo an authorized records check, provide current TB test results and undergo a health assessment when entering the program.
Every student must obtain certification in CPR and First Aid prior to graduation.


Childcare Management Certificate

The Childcare Management Certificate provides the candidate with knowledge and skills related to management, supervision and administration of early care and education environments. In addition, this certificate introduces small business management concepts, necessary interpersonal competencies and professional ethics required to work with multi-age groups of diverse children, parents, colleagues and the community.

This certificate is designed to enhance the skills of an individual with extensive work experience in the early care and education classroom in preparation for supervision/management positions. Students must currently hold a related associate, bachelor or master's degree to earn this certificate. Admission to this certificate is restricted to those who have met the prerequisite requirements and/or have the permission of the department chair.

For all courses requiring off-site field work and the capstone field placement course leading to graduation, the Childcare Management Certificate requires the following prerequisites:

  • Clear criminal background check
  • Health assessment denoting good health
  • Negative tuberculosis skin test
  • Student liability insurance
  • Current certification in First Aid and Infant, Child and Adult CPR.

A criminal record could make a student ineligible for enrollment or participation in an off-site field experience and capstone course, creating an inability to graduate from the certificate. Persons who have been convicted of a felony offense are not employable in the early care and education field.

Major Course Requirements.................... 30 Credits ECD 101 Intro to Early Childhood - 3 credits
ECD 102 Growth and Development I - 3 credits
ECD 105 Guidance and Classroom Management - 3 credits
ECD 107 Exceptional Children - 3 credits
ECD 108 Family and Community Relations - 3 credits
ECD 109 Administration and Supervision - 3 credits
ECD 135 Health, Safety, and Nutrition - 3 credits
ECD 201 Principles of Ethics & Leadership in Early Care & Education - 3 credits
ECD 203 Growth and Development II - 3 credits
SAC 101 Introduction to School-Age Child Care - 3 credits

Additional Requirements.................... 6 Credits MGT 101 Principles of Management - 3 credits
BUS 140 Business Mathematics - 3 credits

Total Credits Required: 36 Credits
Note: Every student must obtain certification in CPR and First Aid prior to graduation.


The Associate in Arts: Early Childhood Education Transfer Track

The Associate in Arts – Early Childhood Education Transfer Track degree provides ATC transfer students with the first two years (70 hours) of undergraduate credit towards a degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina - Aiken. All of the courses listed below, even those not found on the Technical College Courses Transferable to Senior Institutions list*, will transfer to USCA under the ATC-USCA Early Childhood Education articulation agreement. AA-ECE transfer students must maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA and are expected to complete the Praxis Exam before transferring to USCA.

General Education....................57 Credits

Humanities/Fine Arts 35 credits ENG 101 English Composition I - 3 credits
ENG 102 English Composition II - 3 credits
ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 205, or ENG 206 - 3 credits
Foreign Language I - 4 credits
Foreign Language II - 4 credits
HIS 101 or HIS 102 (Western Civ.) - 3 credits
HIS 201 or HIS 202 (U.S. History) - 3 credits
MUS 105 Music Appreciation - 3 credits
REL 103 Comparative Religion - 3 credits
SPC 205 Public Speaking - 3 credits
PHI 101, THE 101 or another of the ENG or HIS courses listed above - 3 credits

Physical Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics 13 credits BIO 102 Biological Science II - 4 credits
MAT 110 College Algebra - 3 credits
MAT 250 Elementary Math I* - 3 credits
MAT 251 Elementary Math II* - 3 credits

Social/Behavioral Sciences 9 credits PSY 201 General Psychology - 3 credits
PSY 210 Educational Psychology* - 3 credits
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology - 3 credits

Major Course Requirements.................... 15 Credits ECD 106 Observation of Young Children* - 3 credits
ECD 107 Exceptional Children* - 3 credits
ECD 131 Language Arts* - 3 credits
ECD 135 Health, Safety, and Nutrition* - 3 credits
ECD 138 Movement and Music for Young Children* - 3 credits

Total Credits Required: 72 Credits

The 72 ATC credit hours listed above will transfer to USCA’s Department of Education as 70 hours of undergraduate credit. Transfer of any of the eight AA-ECE courses marked with an * above to any college other than USCA would require approval on a case-by-case basis.


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