May 18, 2024  
2024-2025 College Catalog & Student Handbook 
2024-2025 College Catalog & Student Handbook

Early Childhood Development Certificate (ECHC)

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The Early Childhood Development Certificate program prepares graduates for employment in educational programs for children from birth to age eight. Individuals will obtain a basic understanding of the developmental needs of young children and will learn how to create a nurturing environment in preschool and after school programs. All courses in the Early Childhood Development Certificate program can be applied toward the Associate Degree in Early Care and Education.

Job opportunities in this area are increasing because more children are attending pre-primary schools than ever before. Job opportunities are available in public and private nursery schools and child care.

Courses in the program are available in a variety of formats.

Students entering this program of study must furnish a copy of High School Diploma or GED Certificate.

The T.E.A.C.H. South Carolina scholarship may be available for students already employed in child care. Students who complete ECD 101 - Introduction to Early Childhood  may be eligible for the South Carolina Early Childhood Credential.


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Following is a list of courses required to complete this program. Since some courses are offered once a year, courses should be taken in the following sequence in order to complete the program in a timely manner:

First Year

Total Credit Hours: 9/10

Total Credit Hours: 9

Summer Semester

Total Credit Hours: 6

Second Year

Total Credit Hours: 6

30/31 Semester Hours

*Required for students to obtain the South Carolina Early Childhood Credential.

This program is aligned with the following career clusters: Education & Training.

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