About the Program

The student in the 27-hour Early Childhood Development Certificate program will receive the tools and resources necessary to provide language and literacy rich environments, appropriate math and science skills, an inquiry based approach to learning about the world, and safe, healthy environments which promote the emotional and social well-being of all children. An emphasis will be placed on a variety of learning styles and inclusive environments to meet the needs of all children. Students will have experiences with a variety of ages and curriculum models through hands-on experience in a variety of child care and early education facilities. This program is designed to meet the equivalency of a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. Courses completed satisfactorily may be used toward the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Early Care and Education.

Learning experiences for students in the Early Childhood Development Certificate program are provided in classrooms on Airport and Beltline campuses. Courses may also be taught at Batesburg-Leesville, Harbison, or Northeast campuses. Candidates complete required observations and field experiences with local child care, Head Start, and/or public school early childhood classrooms.

Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation logo This program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® South Carolina.  A project of South Carolina Center for Child Care Career Development If you are currently working in child care you may qualify for a scholarship to help with the costs of tuition and textbooks.  Please click the following link to find out more about the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship.


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.


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