Introduction to Child Care (Certificate)

Program Description

The Introduction to Child Care technical certificate of credit (TCC) is designed to meet the minimum requirements set forth by Bright from the Start—The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) for all teachers and lead caregivers working in licensed/regulated care settings in the state of Georgia after December, 2012. The Introduction to Child Care TCC includes three courses designed to give a skills-based training experience which will produce graduates with a knowledge base in the field of early childhood care and education and the core rules governing childcare and learning centers in the state of Georgia. Graduates will also have knowledge of child development and developmentally appropriate practices and a solid understanding of what it takes to manage a classroom of young children. The Introduction to Child Care (TCC), unlike any other TCCs offered by the Technical College System of Georgia in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education, is a terminal TCC. This means that the courses needed to complete this TCC will not move into higher levels of education like the Early Childhood Care and Education diploma or Associate of Applied Science Degree. This TCC is designed specifically for those persons who do not intend to pursue a diploma or associate degree after obtaining this credential, but would rather continue their lifelong learning through on-going continuing education offered through local trainers approved by Bright From the Start—DECAL. Since these students will not be pursuing higher levels of college work, the entrance scores for this program have been significantly lowered.

Program Details

  • Major Code: IT11
  • Award Level: Technical Certificate of Credit
  • Location: 100% Online
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Minimum Length of Program: 1 Term
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 9

Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED are NOT required
  • Meet assessment requirements.
  • (Minimum Compass scores of 54 in reading, 16 in  writing and 17 in math)

All learning support classes must be completed and a minimum grade of C for each course is required to receive the certificate of award from SCTC.

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



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
ECCE 1070Introduction to Child Care and Licensing*(Required)3
ECCE 1075Introduction to Child Development* (Required)3
ECCE 1080Introduction to Classroom Management* (Required)3

Note: The three courses for this TCC are “stand alone” or “terminal”. This means that the three courses required to complete this program (ECCE 1070, ECCE 1075, and ECCE 1080) will not move into any other Technical Certificate of Credit or any other higher level of training in any of the Early Childhood programs of study offered through the Technical College System of Georgia. This TCC is designed for those who are required to have a TCC to meet entry-level job requirements, but who have no intention of moving on to other training or higher levels of training in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education.

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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