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Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Program Details

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Basics Technical Certificate of Credit program available at Southeastern Technical College is designed to prepare students for entry-level work in the field of ECCE. Pursuing this program is appropriate for individuals that wish to take a few courses in the discipline before committing to an associate's or bachelor's program at STC or another accredited institution. This program provides candidates with an introductory view of the ECCE field, including aspects of childhood development such as nutrition and safety.

In order to complete the program, students must earn nine total credits from three required 3-credit classes in the ECCE heading. These credits can generally be earned in one or two semesters, depending on the chosen workload.

The first course, an Introduction to Early Childhood Care and Education, exposes students to the history and current trends in the field of ECCE. This includes appropriate guidance, cultural diversity, and future licensing accreditation and credentialing. In Child Growth and Development, the second class, candidates study aspects of development in young children, from the prenatal stage through age 12. Students receive instruction in the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development of children. The course also focuses on observing and recording techniques and the relationship between guidance and development before introducing those enrolled to working with children with special needs. Health, Safety, and Nutrition, the final course, focuses on the nutritional needs of children as well as the theory and practice of creating and maintaining a safe and health learning environment.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Southeastern Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate Degrees.