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A.A.S., Major in Early Care and Education

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The Early Care and Education program offers a combination of classroom instruction and supervised, hands-on experience that prepares students for direct entry into the field of Early Care and Education. This program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

To succeed in the Early Care and Education program, students must score a grade of "C" or higher in all coursework with an ECD prefix, enjoy children, have patience, possess excellent communication skills with adults and children, enjoy creative activities, have decision making skills, be able to spend long lengths of time being actively involved with children and have a strong work ethic.

The program emphasizes a combination of early childhood care and education theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Students complete two supervised field experiences and are required to have a current acceptable criminal background check and drug screening. A criminal record could make you ineligible for enrollment or participation in a supervised field experience, creating an inability to graduate from the program. Persons who have been convicted of a felony offense are not employable in the child care field.

Program Location: Greenwood, Laurens County, Newberry

Schedule Availability: Day-Fall, Day-Spring, Evening-Fall, Evening-Spring

Contact Information: Ashley Hollingsworth

 

Required Courses

Additional Program Information

 

Day Program (Beginning Fall Semester)

FALL SEMESTER Credit Hours
ECD 101 Introduction to Early Childhood 3.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
MAT 123 Contemporary College Mathematics 3.0
  Elective Humanities (ART 101 or MUS 105) 3.0
   
SPRING SEMESTER Credit Hours
ECD 102 Growth and Development I 3.0
ECD 107 Exceptional Children 3.0
ECD 131 Language Arts 3.0
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3.0
  Elective Early Childhood
(ECD 109, 200, 205, 207, 246, or SAC 101)
3.0
   
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
ECD 135 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3.0
ECD 203 Growth and Development II 3.0
   
FALL SEMESTER Credit Hours
ECD 105 Guidance-Classroom Management 3.0
ECD 133 Science and Math Concepts 3.0
ECD 237 Methods and Materials 3.0
ECD 243 Supervised Field Experience I 3.0
  Elective Early Childhood
(ECD 109, 200, 205, 207, 246, or SAC 101)
3.0
   
SPRING SEMESTER Credit Hours
ECD 108 Family and Community Relations 3.0
ECD 132 Creative Experiences 3.0
ECD 201 Principles of Ethics and Leadership in Early Care and Education 3.0
ECD 244 Supervised Field Experience II 3.0
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3.0
 
Total Credit Hours: 66.0
 

 

Evening Program (Beginning Fall Semester)

FALL SEMESTER Credit Hours
ECD 101 Introduction to Early Childhood 3.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
MAT 123 Contemporary College Mathematics 3.0
   
SPRING SEMESTER Credit Hours
ECD 102 Growth and Development I 3.0
ECD 107 Exceptional Children 3.0
ECD 131 Language Arts 3.0
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3.0
   
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
ECD 135 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3.0
ECD 203 Growth and Development II 3.0
  Elective Humanities (ART 101 or MUS 105) 3.0
   
FALL SEMESTER Credit Hours
ECD 105 Guidance-Classroom Management 3.0
ECD 133 Science and Math Concepts 3.0
ECD 237 Methods and Materials 3.0
ECD 243 Supervised Field Experience I 3.0
   
SPRING SEMESTER Credit Hours
ECD 108 Family and Community Relations 3.0
ECD 132 Creative Experiences 3.0
ECD 201 Principles of Ethics and Leadership in Early Care and Education 3.0
ECD 244 Supervised Field Experience II 3.0
   
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
  Elective Early Childhood
(ECD 109, 200, 205, 207, 246, or SAC 101)
3.0
  Elective Early Childhood
(ECD 109, 200, 205, 207, 246, or SAC 101)
3.0
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3.0
     
Total Credit Hours: 66.0
 

 

Day Program (Beginning Spring Semester)

SPRING SEMESTER Credit Hours
ECD 101 Introduction to Early Childhood 3.0
ECD 102 Growth and Development I 3.0
ECD 107 Exceptional Children 3.0
ECD 131 Language Arts 3.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
   
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
ECD 135 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3.0
ECD 203 Growth and Development II 3.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
   
FALL SEMESTER Credit Hours
ECD 105 Guidance-Classroom Management 3.0
ECD 133 Science and Math Concepts 3.0
ECD 237 Methods and Materials 3.0
ECD 243 Supervised Field Experience I 3.0
  Elective Early Childhood
(ECD 109, 200, 205, 207, 246, or SAC 101)
3.0
   
SPRING SEMESTER Credit Hours
ECD 108 Family and Community Relations 3.0
ECD 132 Creative Experiences 3.0
ECD 201 Principles of Ethics and Leadership in Early Care and Education 3.0
ECD 244 Supervised Field Experience II 3.0
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3.0
   
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3.0
MAT 123 Contemporary College Mathematics 3.0
  Elective Early Childhood
(ECD 109, 200, 205, 207, 246, or SAC 101)
3.0
  Elective Humanities (ART 101 or MUS 105) 3.0
 
Total Credit Hours: 66.0
 

 

Evening Program (Beginning Spring Semester)

SPRING SEMESTER Credit Hours
ECD 101 Introduction to Early Childhood 3.0
ECD 102 Growth and Development I 3.0
ECD 107 Exceptional Children 3.0
ECD 131 Language Arts 3.0
   
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
ECD 135 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3.0
ECD 203 Growth and Development II 3.0
  Elective Humanities (ART 101 or MUS 105) 3.0
   
FALL SEMESTER Credit Hours
ECD 105 Guidance-Classroom Management 3.0
ECD 133 Science and Math Concepts 3.0
ECD 237 Methods and Materials 3.0
ECD 243 Supervised Field Experience I 3.0
   
SPRING SEMESTER Credit Hours
ECD 108 Family and Community Relations 3.0
ECD 132 Creative Experiences 3.0
ECD 201 Principles of Ethics and Leadership in Early Care and Education 3.0
ECD 244 Supervised Field Experience II 3.0
   
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3.0
  Elective Early Childhood
(ECD 109, 200, 205, 207, 246, or SAC 101)
3.0
   
FALL SEMESTER Credit Hours
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
MAT 123 Contemporary College Mathematics 3.0
  Elective Early Childhood
(ECD 109, 200, 205, 207, 246, or SAC 101)
3.0
     
Total Credit Hours: 66.0
 

Updated 4/18/2012

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement  – The mission of the Early Care and Education Program of Piedmont Technical College is to provide the community with professional early educators who are knowledgeable, competent, committed and capable of providing quality professional care for all children. The program’s graduates are able to evaluate and assess children and make quality developmentally appropriate decisions for children’s learning. Through the extensive study of NAEYC standards and the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct our students are provided the knowledge needed to support advocacy for children and the profession of early educators. 

Student Learning Outcomes: aligned to NAEYC Program Standards:

Promoting Child Development and Learning

1a: Knowing and understanding young children’s characteristics and needs

1b: Knowing and understanding the multiple influences on development and learning

1c: Using developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments

Building Family and Community Relationships

2a: Knowing about and understanding diverse family and community characteristics

2b: Supporting and engaging families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships

2c: Involving families and communities in their children’s development and learning

Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families

3a: Understanding the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment

3b: Knowing about and using observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches

3c: Understanding and practicing responsible assessment to promote positive outcomes for each child

3d: Knowing about assessment partnerships with families and with professional colleagues

Using Developmentally Effective Approaches to Connect with Children and Families

4a: Understanding positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation of their work with children

4b: Knowing and understanding effective strategies and tools for early education

4c: Using a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching/learning approaches

4d: Reflecting on their own practice to promote positive outcomes for each child

Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum

5a: Understanding content knowledge and resources in academic disciplines

5b: Knowing and using the central concepts, inquiry tools, and structures of content areas or academic disciplines

5c: Using their own knowledge, appropriate early learning standards, and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curricula for each child.

Becoming a Professional

6a: Identifying and involving oneself with the early childhood field

6b: Knowing about and upholding ethical standards and other professional guidelines

6c: Engaging in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice

6d: Integrating knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education

6e: Engaging in informed advocacy for children and the profession 5a: Understanding content knowledge and resources in academic disciplines

 

 

Advisement Information for A.A.S., Early Care and Education and A.A.S., Early Care and Education, Infant and Toddler Concentration

  • Students must complete all program required coursework with a "C" or higher.

  • Students may only take ECD 243, ECD 244, and ECD 251 twice and must earn a "C" or higher.

  • Students are responsible for transportation to and from any practicum, lab or clinical site.

  • It is recommended that all general education coursework be completed prior to enrolling in ECD coursework.

  • Students must pass a drug screening.

  • Students must have a current background check.  A criminal record could make you ineligible for enrollment or participation in a supervised field placement experience, creating an inability to graduate from the program.

  • Candidates are required to complete a minimum of one summer session of coursework.

  • Program electives for the Infant and Toddler Concentration include ECD 105, ECD 107, ECD 133, ECD 109 or SAC 101.

     

     

 

Advisement Information updated 3/17/2014