Early Childhood Development - Certificate
The Early Childhood Development certificate prepares students for careers and/or advancement in the early childhood profession. Graduates will be qualified to work in childcare centers, family childcare homes, morning preschool programs, after-school programs, summer camp programs, and some private school programs.
The Early Care and Education program is accredited by NAEYC (National Association for Education of Young Children). For more information about HGTC's accreditations, click here.
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Career OutlookRecent 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 qualified early-childhood professionals. The Early Childhood Development certificate prepares graduates to work in a variety of settings for children ages birth through eight years. These settings include:
- Childcare centers
- Family childcare homes
- Morning preschool programs
- After-school programs
- Summer camp programs
- Private schools
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
|Specific Admission Requirements for Program|
|Course Sequence and Progression Requirements
A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for all ECD-prefixed courses for progression and graduation. Most Early Care and Education (ECD) courses are offered only once each year, so following the recommended course sequence is extremely important.
|First Semester - Fall|
|ECD 101||Introduction to Early Childhood||3|
|ECD 102||Growth and Development I||3|
|ECD 132||Creative Experiences||3|
|Second Semester - Spring|
|ECD 105||Guidance - Classroom Management*||3|
|ECD 131||Language Arts**||3|
|ECD 203||Growth and Development II*||3|
|Third Semester - Summer|
|ECD 107||Exceptional Child*||3|
|ECD 133||Science and Math Concepts**||3|
|ECD 135||Health, Safety, and Nutrition||3|
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
*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 and/or work in licensed childcare facilities.