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Early Care & EdEarly Care and Education - Associate in Applied Science

If you enjoy children and creative activities, possess patience, excellent communication skills, and sound decision-making abilities, and have a strong work ethic, HGTC's Associate in Applied Science in Early Care and Education (ECD) might be the right career path for you. Early Care and Education professionals work in partnership with families to create a nurturing environment that is respectful of culture and rich in experiences to promote the optimal growth and development of each child. Students in this program receive the tools and resources necessary to provide language- and literacy-rich environments, appropriate math and science skills, an inquiry-based approach to learning about the world, and safe, healthy environments that promote emotional and social well-being. The program includes interactive classroom experiences, as well as off-site experiences in a variety of child-care and early-education environments. 

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

For more information, contact:

Claire Blackwelder (843) 349-7822

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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 highly qualified early-childhood professionals. The Associate in Applied Science in Early Care and Education 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 childcare homes
  • Morning preschool programs
  • After-school programs
  • Programs for children with differing abilities
  • Summer camp programs
  • Private schools
  • Public schools
For students already working in a childcare or early-education setting, opportunities may be available for Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (TEACH) scholarships and other bonus incentives.

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.

Early Childhood Education Transfers

Students who wish to prepare for transfer to Coastal Carolina University or Francis Marion University to major in Early Childhood Education should see their Academic Advisor for specific requirements.

Students who wish to prepare for transfer to major in Elementary Education, Middle School, or Special Education should enroll in the Associate in Arts Education Transfer program.

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

    First Semester - Fall    
    CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3
    ECD 101 Introduction to Early Childhood 3
    ECD 102 * Growth and Development I 3
    ECD 132 ** Creative Experiences 3
    ENG 101 English Composition I 3
    ENG 155 Communications I  
    Second Semester - Spring    
    ECD 105 * Guidance - Classroom Management 3
    ECD 131 ** Language Arts 3
    ECD 203 * Growth and Development II 3
    MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3
    MAT 101 College Algebra  
    SPC 205 Public Speaking (w/ENG 101) 3
    Third Semester - Summer    
    ECD 107 * Exceptional Child 3
    ECD 133 ** Science and Math Concepts 3
    ECD 135 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
    Fourth Semester - Fall    
    ECD 106 * Observation of Young Children 3
    ECD 201 Principles of Ethics & Leadership in Early Care & Education 3
    ECD 237 ** Methods and Materials 3
    PSY 201 General Psychology 3
    Fifth Semester - Spring    
    ECD 108 * Family & Community Relations 3
    ECD 252 * Diversity Issues in Early Care and Education  
    ECD 200 * Curriculum Issues in Infant & Toddler Development 3
    ECD 243 ** Supervised Field Experience 3
      *** Humanities 3



    *Students are required to conduct observations of children, families, and learning environments in a variety of early childhood settings.
    **Students are required to participate in lab/class assignments involving visitations to/work in licensed child care facilities.
    ***Choose from electives: ART 101, MUS 105, or THE 101.

    Prerequisites for labs and licensed childcare centers (not required for ECD 101):
    • Criminal background check
    • Obtain certification in Pediatric CPR and First Aid “D” prior to graduation.