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Early Care and Education Child Care Management - Certificate

This certificate is intended for those students who have completed the Associate Degree in Early Care and Education. The Child Care Management certificate prepares students for employment as managers or administrators in public or private programs that provide care for young children. It is designed for students who are currently working in child care, or who are planning to seek a position in child care and advance to the position of director. Topics include ethics, advocacy, and leadership skills, as well as operational skills to assure appropriate services for young children and their families. 

HGTC's Early Child Care and Education (ECD) program is accredited. For more information about HGTC's accreditations, click here

For more information, contact:

Claire Blackwelder  (843) 349-7822



Credit Requirements: 18 semester credit hours | See Program Requirements»

Career Outlook

Recent scientific research has confirmed the need for high-quality care and education during a child's early years, when optimal brain growth and development occurs. This has increased the demand for high-quality, early-childhood professionals. The Child Care Management certificate prepares graduates to work in a variety of settings for children ages birth through eight years. These settings include childcare centers, Head Start centers, family child-care homes, morning preschool programs, after-school programs, programs for children with differing abilities, summer camp programs, private schools, and public schools.

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

For more information about gainful employment, visit: http://www.hgtc.edu/righttoknow.

Employers of HGTC Alumni Include:

  • Horry and Georgetown County Schools
  • Horry County Head Start
  • Child Development Ministries at First United Methodist Church
  • The Learning Tree Day School
  • The Learning Station
  • Gateway Academy
  • Carolina Forest Child Development Center

    Curriculum Sequence

    ECD 101  Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
    ECD 135 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
    ECD 108 * Family and Community Relations 3
    ECD 109 Administration and Supervision 3
    ECD 201 Principles of Ethics and Leadership 3
      ** Elective 3
     

    TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

    18

    *Students are required to conduct observations of children, families and learning environments in a variety of early childhood settings.
    ** Electives:  Choose from the following: BUS 101, CPT 101,
    MGT 101, or MGT 120

    The program also has the following requirements as prerequisites to labs and licensed child care centers (Not required for ECD 101):
    • Criminal background check