2021-2022 College Catalog

Early Childhood Care and Education AAS

Early Childhood Care and Education AAS (Major Code: EC13)

Program Description

The Early Childhood Care and Education degree program is 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: program administration, paraprofessional, infant/toddler development, family child care, and exceptionalities.

Career Information


Child, Family, and School Social Workers

Career Projections

The number of jobs in this field is expected to increase by 18% nationally and 12% in the State of Georgia over the next several years. Estimated salaries in this field start at $45,000 a year.
Labor market data was compiled using Economic Modeling Specialists, international and is updated annually.

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Admission Requirements

General College Admissions Requirements


Program Specific Admissions Requirement

Criminal Background Check: All Early Childhood Care and Education students are required to submit a completed state and federal criminal records background check prior to registering for Practicum and Internship courses. The State of Georgia has a law regarding the placement of persons with criminal records in childcare facilities. Anyone who has been convicted of a felony offense, or of neglecting or abusing a dependent person, a sexual offense or any other "covered crime" will not be allowed to work in a childcare facility. If you are affected by this law, or think you may be, discuss your situation immediately with the department chair. Because your employment options may be severely limited in the early childhood profession, a person who has received an unsatisfactory criminal records check is discouraged from pursuing the ECCE program of study and may need to reconsider their chosen field of study. Students will not be allowed to take ECCE 1121 and ECCE 2245/2246, if their criminal history/arrest record request form (from any police department in the state of Georgia or federal background check) comes back with an arrest history.

*To be employed in childcare centers, public schools, or Head Start centers, an individual must have a satisfactory criminal record check. Persons who have been convicted of a felony offense are not employable in the childcare field. Evidence of a current satisfactory criminal record background check is required at the student's expense prior to participation in practicum or internship.

Blood and Airborne Pathogens

Students enrolled in Category I and II programs at Atlanta Technical College will be performing tasks in which there is a normal occurrence for exposure to blood, other potentially infectious body materials, and airborne pathogens.

These tasks will be performed in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities for each occupational training program/course. Students will be required to present documentation of Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis immunizations as a result of potential occupational exposure. Students should contact their program directors for more information. Policies and procedures regarding blood and airborne pathogens may be reviewed at https://tcsg.edu/tcsgpolicy/tcsg_policy_manual.pdf.

Program Contact Information

Katie Day

Program Coordinator, Early Childhood

Academic Building C1109D




Jim Gale

Instructor, Early Childhood

Academic Building C1109E




Nan Walker

Instructor, Early Childhood

Academic Building C1109F



Program Length and Cost

Minimum Program Length in Semester Terms: 5 terms
Program Credit Hours: 76
Estimated Program Cost: $10,636

Course Outline


General Education Courses (18 Credits)

Area I – Language Arts/Communication

ENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric


General Education Course- Required

SPCH 1101Public Speaking


Total Credit Hours:3

Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences

PSYC 1101Introductory Psychology


Area III – Natural Science/Mathematics – Select one of the following

MATH 1100Quantitative Skills and Reasoning


MATH 1101Mathematical Modeling


MATH 1111College Algebra


Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts-Select one of the following

ARTS 1101Art Appreciation


ENGL 2130American Literature


General Education Course Elective - Select one of the following

ECON 1101Principles of Economics


SOCI 1101Introduction to Sociology


Occupational Courses (46 Credits)

COMP 1000Introduction to Computer Literacy


FYES 1001First Year Experience Seminar


ECCE 1101Introduction to Early Childhood Care and Education


ECCE 1103Child Growth and Development


ECCE 1106Health, Safety and Nutrition


ECCE 1112Curriculum and Assessment


ECCE 1113Creative Activities for Children


ECCE 1121Early Childhood Care and Education Practicum


ECCE 2115Language and Literacy


ECCE 2116Math and Science


ECCE 2201Exceptionalities


ECCE 2202Social Issues and Family Involvement


ECCE 2203Guidance and Classroom Management


ECCE 2245Early Childhood Care and Education Internship I


Select one of the following Specializations (6 Credits)


ECCE 2310Paraprofessional Methods and Materials


ECCE 2312Paraprofessional Roles and Practices


Program Administration

ECCE 2320Program Administration and Facility Management


ECCE 2322Personnel Management


Infant and Toddler Development

ECCE 2330Infant/Toddler Development


ECCE 2332Infant/Toddler Group Care and Curriculum


Family Child Care

ECCE 2340Family Child Care Program Management


ECCE 2342Family Child Care Business Management



ECCE 2360Classroom Strategies for Exceptional Children


ECCE 2362Exploring Your Role in the Exceptional Environment


Total Credit Hours: 77


Program Outcomes

1. Graduates will be able to identify and understand professional codes and ethical conduct appropriate in Early Childhood Care and Education
2. Graduates will be able to identify and apply individual and group guidance and problem solving techniques which encourage and teach positive social skills and interaction among children
3. Graduates will be able to develop appropriate curricula, instructional practices, and assessment strategies for early childhood care and education programs
4. Graduates will be able to identify, practice, and promote a well-organized, developmentally appropriate learning environment and life skills
5. Graduates will be able to identify and practice a safe physical, psychological, and healthy learning environment that promotes development, learning, cultural diversity, and inclusion.