Early Childhood Care/Education (AAS)

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 childcare centers and homes, Head Start/Early Head Start programs, Georgia Pre-K programs, and elementary school paraprofessional positions. Graduates of this program will earn one of four areas of specialization:  exceptionalities, infant/toddler, program administration, or paraprofessional.

Program Details

  • Major Code: EC13
  • Award Leve: Degree
  • Location: Griffin and Flint River Campuses, Henry Center
  • Program Entrance: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Minimum Length of Program: 6 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 72

Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post-secondary transcripts in an official sealed envelope
  • Meet assessment requirements

Approximate additional costs other than tuition, fees, and textbooks.

CPR/first aid$60
Fingerprint check(s)$53
Lab Fees$25

The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

First Term
ENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric3

COLL 1500College Success and Career Eploration3
COMP 1000Introduction to Computers

ECCE 1101Intro to Early Childhood Care/Education3
ECCE 1103Child Growth and Development3
Second Term
Language Arts/Humanities/Fine Arts elective—(Required) - Choose One:3
ENGL 1102, SPCH 1101, HUMN 1101, MUSC 1101, ARTS 1101, ENGL 2130, OR THEA 1101
ECCE 1105Health, Safety and Nutrition3
ECCE 1112Curriculum and Assessment3
General Core elective:3
Choose one non-repetitive course from Area I, II, III, or IV (Gen Ed Courses Page)
Third Term
ECCE 2202Social Issues and Family Involvement3
ECCE 2203Guidance and Classroom Management3
PSYC 1101Introductory Psychology3
Humanities/Fine Arts elective - Choose one:3
HUMN 1101, MUSC 1101, ARTS 1101, ENGL 2130, OR THEA 1101
Fourth Term
ECCE 1113Creative Activities for Children3
ECCE 2115Language and Literacy3
ECCE 2116Math and Science3

Natural Sciences/Mathematics elective - Choose one:3
MATH 1111College Algebra OR
MATH 1100*Quantitative Skills and Reasoning OR
MATH 1101*Mathematical Modeling OR
MATH 1103Quantitative Skills and Reasoning
Fifth Term
ECCE 2201Exceptionalities3
Choose two courses from one area of specialization (See Specializations Below)6
ECCE 1121Early Childhood/Education Practicum3
Sixth Term
ECCE 2240Early Childhood Care and Education Internship12

Specializations - Choose ONE Pair (6 hours)
(Both courses chosen must be from the same area of specialization)

Paraprofessional specialization requires both courses below
ECCE 2310Paraprofessional Methods and Materials3
ECCE 2312Paraprofessional Roles and Practices3
Program Administration specialization requires both courses below
ECCE 2320Program Administration and Facility Management3
ECCE 2322Personnel Management3
Infant/Toddler Development specialization requires both courses below
ECCE 2330Infant/Toddler Development3
ECCE 2332Infant/Toddler Group Care and Curriculum3
Exceptionalities specialization requires both courses below
ECCE 2360Classroom Strategies for Exceptional Children3
ECCE 2362Exploring Your Role in the Exceptional Environment3

*Course will be accepted when transferred in from another institution with a grade of a C or better but may not be offered at this institution.

Early Childhood Care/Education

Program Faculty

Dr. Roslyn J. McCurry
Department Chair
(770) 229-3404
Henry Center

James Peas
Program Coordinator
(706) 646-6201
Griffin Campus

Megan Graves
(706) 646-6392

Diane McHughes
(706) 646-6197
Griffin Campus

Career and Academic Planning

Sharon Craft
Career Advisor
(706) 646-6143
Griffin Campus
Room 107

Bridgette Worst
Career Advisor
(770) 412-5706
Flint Campus
Room 250A