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Early Care & Education Transfer

Early Care & Education - Transfer Path - Associate in Applied Science Degree

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Early care and Education

Students interested in becoming lead teachers in a public school 4-K through third grade should choose Early Care and Education transfer emphasis. After completing the associate degree, students can transfer credits to Coastal Carolina University, University of South Carolina or other four year institutions with articulation agreements to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. To be accepted in the Professional Program at SC universities, in addition to the associate degree, students must have a 2.75 GPA and have passed all three parts of PRAXIS. Please see your advisor for guidance.

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

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

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 (T.E.A.C.H.) 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.

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

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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)
  • 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 (CRJ) courses are offered only once each year, so following the recommended course sequence is extremely important.

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall    
ECD 101 Introduction to Early Childhood 3
ECD 102 Growth and Development I 3
ECD 108 Family and Community Relations 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
MAT 250 Elementary Mathematics I 3
  TOTAL 15
Second Semester - Spring    
ECD 105 Guidance - Classroom Management* 3
ECD 131 Language Arts** 3
ECD 203 Growth and Development II* 3
EDU 201 Classroom Inquiry with Technology 3
ENG 102 English Composition II  
PSY 201 General Psychology 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
EDU 201 Classroom Inquiry with Technology 3
ENG 102 English Composition II  
  TOTAL 12
Fourth Semester - Fall    
ECD 201 Principles of Ethics Leadership in Early Care Education 3
ECD 237 Methods and Materials** 3
  Humanities**** 3
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3
  Foreign Language or 
Lab Science***
  TOTAL 16
Fifth Semester - Spring    
ECD 252 Diversity Issues in Early Care and Education* 3
ECD 243 Supervised Field Experience** 3
  Humanities**** 3
  Foreign Language or 
Lab Science***
  TOTAL 13



*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 one of the following Foreign Language courses: SPA 101, SPA 102, FRE 101 or FRE 102
***Lab Science: BIO 105 (Students may also choose from AST 101, CHM 110 or PHY 201) 
****Choose one Humanities: ART 101, MUS 105, or THE 101.
*****Choose one Elective: HIS 201, HIS 202, PHI 101 or PHI 110, or REL 103.