About the Program

Students in the 27 hours Special Needs Certificate will receive the skills and resources to work with children with differing abilities from birth through age eight in either an inclusive classroom setting or an exclusive special needs classroom. Students may add this certificate to their Early Care and Education Associate Degree or choose this as a stand-alone certificate. This certificate program is appropriate for students interested in working with children with special needs or for early childhood professionals who are currently employed in an early childhood setting who would like to enhance their skills and resources.

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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