For Program Information please contact:
Day, Katie,
Chair,
Room 21
Atlanta Technical College
1560 Metropolitan Parkway
Atlanta GA 30310
404.225.4580.

kday@atlantatech.edu


EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND EDUCATION - DIPLOMA

The Early Childhood Care and Education program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for careers in child care and related fields. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of early childhood care and education theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive an Early Childhood Care and Education diploma and have the qualification of early childhood care and education provider.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
* Must be 16 years of age
* Completion of high school diploma or GED and submission of official transcript required to apply
* Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math
* Transfer of previous post secondary credits will be determined by the registrar.
Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate.

COURSE OUTLINE
Curriculum
General Core Courses
Area I - English/Humanities/Fine Arts
Courses  
Credits
ENG 1010 Fundamentals of English  I
5
Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences
EMP 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development
3
Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics
MAT 1012 General Mathematics
5
Essential Fundamental Occupational Courses  
27
ECE 1010 Introduction to Early Childhood Care and Education
5
ECE 1012 Curriculum Development
3
ECE 1021 Early Childhood Care and Education Practicum I  or ECE xxx Program Elective
3
OR
ECE XXX Program Elective
(3)
ECE 1022 Early Childhood Care and Education Practicum II
3
OR
ECE XXX Program Elective
(3)
ECE 1030 Human Growth and Development I
5
ECE 1050 Health, Safety, and Nutrition
5
SCT 100 Introduction to Microcomputers
3
Essential Specific Occupational Courses  
33
ECE 1013 Art for Children
3
ECE 1014 Music and Movement
3
ECE 2115 Language Arts and Literature
5
ECE 2116 Math and Science
5
ECE 2020 Social Issues and Family Involvement
5
ECE 2240 Early Childhood Care and Education Internship
4
   
 
  Minimum Quarter-hour Credits Required for Graduation
73
  Minimum Program Length in Quarters
4
  Estimated Program Cost
$4,469

*To be employed in child care centers, public schools, or Head Start centers, an individual must have a satisfactory criminal record check. Persons who have  been convicted of a felony offense are not employable in the child care field. Evidence of a current satisfactory criminal record background check is required  at the student's expense prior to participation in practicum or internship.