Program Overview

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.

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    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Council on Occupational Education

    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.

    School Overview

    The story of today’s Southeastern Technical College begins in Emanuel County in 1963. That year, Swainsboro Area Vocational Technical School opened, made real through the efforts and support of the local legislators and citizens in the Emanuel County area. Swainsboro Area Vocational Technical School converted to state governance in 1987 and was renamed Swainsboro Technical Institute. The school became Southeastern Technical College in 1990.

    STC offers associate's degree programs, occupational certificates, and diplomas, many of which can be earned completely online.

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