Early Childhood Care/Education (Diploma)

Program Description

The Early Childhood Care and Education diploma 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 limited 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, and Georgia Pre-K Programs.

Program Details

  • Major Code: ECC2
  • Award Level: Diploma
  • Location: Griffin and Flint River Campuses, Henry Center
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Minimum Length of Program: 5 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 53

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

A minimum grade of C for each ECCE course is required to receive the diploma from SCTC.

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 1010Fundamentals of English I (Required)3
Choose One: (Required)
COLL 1500College Success and Career Exploration OR3
COMP 1000Introduction to Computers
ECCE 1101Intro to Early Childhood Care/Education (Required)3
ECCE 1103Child Growth and Development (Required)3
Second Term
MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics (Required)3
ECCE 1105Health, Safety and Nutrition (Required)3
ECCE 1112Curriculum and Assessment (Required)3
ECCE 1113Creative Activities for Children (Required)3
Third Term
ECCE 2202Social Issues and Family Involvement (Required)3
ECCE 2203Guidance and Classroom Management (Required)3
Fourth Term
ECCE 1121Early Childhood Care/Education Practicum (Required)3
ECCE 2115Language and Literacy (Required)3
ECCE 2116Math and Science (Required)3
Choose one:
EMPL 1000Interpersonal Relations and Prof. Development OR2
PSYC 1010Basic Psychology(3)
Fifth Term
ECCE 2240Early Childhood Care/Education Internship(Required)12
Early Childhood

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