Dec 03, 2022  
2022-2023 College Catalog 
2022-2023 College Catalog

Special Needs Certificate

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The Early Care and Education Special Needs Certificate is designed to prepare students to work in a range of settings that provide inclusive care for children with special needs.  The certificate focuses on practical knowledge of various exceptionalities and emphasizes positive guidance techniques that benefit the diverse needs of an inclusive learning environment.

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:

  • Use developmentally effective approaches

Graduation Credits Required: 18

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