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Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Development - Certificate

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Early Childhood

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. 

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 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 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
  • The Learning Tree Day School
  • The Learning Station
  • Gateway Academy
  • Carolina Forest Child Development Center

Program Information

Specific Admission Requirements for Program
  • Criminal Background Check is a prerequisite for labs and licensed child care centers (not required for ECD 101)
  • Obtain Negative PPD (not requried for ECD 101)
  • Obtain 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 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



*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.