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Early Care and Education

Early Care and Education - Associate in Applied Science Degree

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Early care and Education

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.

For more information, contact:
Becky Hubbard - (843) 349-7117

Allissa Santmyer - (843) 349-7500

Babs Crane - (843) 349-5266

Tina M. Winesette - (843) 349-7822

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

T.E.A.C.H. LogoT.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® South Carolina provides scholarships for teachers, directors, owners, and family/group providers working in childcare to complete coursework in early care and education with little to no cost. These scholarships are available to eligible individuals working a minimum number of hours per week and meet the maximum pay requirements in a licensed or registered child care facility through the South Carolina Department of Social Services. T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® South Carolina provides scholarships to complete course work in early childhood education courses toward the South Carolina Early Childhood Credential, a Certificate or an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. Eligible individuals can even transfer to a partnering 4-year college/university to complete a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Students who earn credentials may be eligible for a Smart Money bonus through this organization as well.

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 Office of Career Services for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

Employers of HGTC Alumni Include:

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

Program Information

Specific Admission Requirements for Program
  • Criminal Background Check is a prerequisite to labs and licensed child care centers (not required for ECD 101)
  • Obtain Negative PPD (not required for ECD 101)
  • Certification in Pediatric CPR and First Aid prior to graduation

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.

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall Course Title Semester
Credit Hours
ECD 101 Introduction to Early Childhood 3
ECD 102 Growth and Development I 3
ECD 108 Family and Community Relations 3
ENG 155 Communications I 3
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3
  TOTAL 15
Second Semester - Spring    
ECD 105 Guidance - Classroom Management* 3
ECD 131 Language Arts** 3
ECD 203 Growth and Development II* 3
PSY 201 General Psychology 3
EDU 201 Classroom Inquiry with Technology 3
  TOTAL 15
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 132 Creative Experiences 3
ECD 201 Principles of Ethics Leadership in Early Care Education 3
ECD 237 Methods and Materials** 3
Elective Choose one of the following: BIO 105, PSC 201 or HIS 201*** 3-4
  TOTAL 12-13
Fifth Semester - Spring    
Elective Choose one of the following:
ECD 200, ECD 205, ECD 109 or SAC 101
ECD 252 Diversity Issues in Early Care and Education* 3
ECD 243 Supervised Field Experience** 3
  Humanities**** 3
  TOTAL 12



*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.
***PSC 201 and HIS 201 recommended for transfer (Reach Act).
****Choose one Humanities: ART 101, MUS 105, or THE 101.

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