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Early Care and Education

Associate Degree

    About the Program

    The Associate Degree in Early Care and Education is based on best practices and current research in the field of early childhood education. This degree provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote optimal child development for all children, regardless of background or ability. In addition to focusing on competencies in child growth and development, health and safety, curriculum, family engagement, guidance, and hands-on experience in a variety of nationally accredited child care and early education facilities, the program is well grounded in ethics, advocacy, and leadership skills. In addition to working in child care and Head Start, the Associate Degree in Early Care and Education may also qualify students as instructional assistants in public school early childhood programs.

    This program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

    Learning experiences for students in the Early Care and Education program are provided in classrooms on Airport and Beltline campuses. Courses may also be taught at Batesburg-Leesville, Harbison, or Northeast campuses. Students complete required observations and practicums with local child care agencies.

    SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

    Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all of the courses offered for each of the following programs for the grade to be counted toward graduation. With the exception of ECD 101, Introduction to Early Childhood, and SAC 101, Best Practices in School-Age and Youth Care, all ECD students must take the placement test and complete (or test out of) ENG 100 and RDG 100. Students enrolled in lab classes must complete a SLED background check, physical, and TB test before attending lab sites. Please see your advisor about lab site forms and requirements.

    For Early Childhood Development students interested in transferring to a four-year institution, please see an ECD Advisor to discuss various program plans and additional transfer information.

    ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS

    University of South Carolina–Early Childhood Education

    The College of Education at the University of South Carolina has agreed that university-approved courses in the lower division of the Early Childhood Education curriculum may be taught at Midlands Technical College. Students accepted by the university for enrollment in the College of Education can receive transfer credit for specific courses taken at Midlands Technical College in accordance with the university’s transfer policies. Since there are several options for this area, please see an ECD or education advisor for more information about these agreements.

    South Carolina State University–Family and Consumer Sciences

    South Carolina State University has agreed to accept credits from approved courses in Midlands Technical College’s Early Care and Education degree toward the bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. Please see an ECD advisor for more information about this agreement.

    Columbia College–Early Childhood Education, Community and Organizational Leadership, and Child and Family Studies

    Columbia College has agreed to accept credits from approved courses in Midlands Technical College’s Early Care and Education degree toward a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Community and Organizational Leadership, and Child and Family Studies. Please see an ECD advisor for more information about this agreement.

    Newberry College–Early Childhood Education

    Newberry College has agreed to accept credits from approved courses in Midlands Technical College’s Early Care and Education degree toward a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Please see an ECD advisor for more information about this agreement.

    Vorhees College–Child Development

    Vorhees College has agreed to accept credits from approved courses in Midlands Technical College’s Early Care and Education degree toward a bachelor’s degree in Child Development. Please see an ECD advisor for more information about this agreement.

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