Nov 28, 2022  
2022-2023 College Catalog 
2022-2023 College Catalog

Early Care and Education, A.A.S.


The Early Care and Education program provides students with learning opportunities to pursue their education in the field of early childhood, as well as to formalize their prior experiences with young children. The program of study is designed to prepare students to offer learning experiences in early care and education settings that promote positive development and learning opportunities for all young children. Additionally, program specific and general education requirements help to prepare students to know and to use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.

Additional Requirements for Early Care and Education

In addition to meeting general admission requirements, Early Care and Education majors are required to meet the specific requirements outlined below:

  • Credit towards graduation requirements for ECE courses more than five years old must be approved by the program director.
  • A grade of “C” or better is required for ECE courses fulfilling prerequisite and graduation requirements.
  • A student must be able to enter and/or remain in all lab and/or field experiences to progress within the ECE program. Prior to the first day of lab or field experiences, students must provide proof of eligibility to work with young children by completing the following forms that are available from the program director:
    • South Carolina Department of Social Services Health Assessment and Medical Statement forms documenting that the student has no significant problems that would interfere with their ability to care for children including tuberculosis status.
    • South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Check for Criminal History or federal (FBI) fingerprint-based criminal history background check indicating a record that complies with South Carolina Department of Social Services Child Care Regulations.
    • Tri-County Technical College ECE Discipline Policy indicating adherence to positive child guidance techniques.
    • ECE Self-Assessment of Technical Standards
    • In addition to College tuition and fees, ECE students will incur expenses for professional liability insurance and supplemental printed materials. Student should contact the program director for additional details.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Promote child development and learning
  • Build family and community relationships
  • Observe, document, and assess to support young children and families
  • Use developmentally effective approaches
  • Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum
  • Become a professional in the Early Childhood field

Graduation Credits Required: 66

Third Semester


  1. Students not intending to transfer may substitute ENG 155  for ENG 101  and ENG 156  for SPC 205 .
  2. Program Electives are to be selected from ECD 109 , ECD 200 , ECD 205 , ECD 207 , ECD 259 , ECD 260 MGT 101 , MGT 121 , or SPA 101 .
  3. Students interested in transferring to Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) should consider taking ENG 102  or either BIO 101  or PHS 101  as a program elective.