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

kday@atlantatech.edu


EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE & EDUCATION DEGREE

The Early Childhood Care and Education associate degree 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 Associate of Applied Technology Degree and have the qualification of early childhood care and education paraprofessional or early childhood program management director.

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
Credits
General Core Courses  
30
Area I - English/Humanities/Fine Arts
Courses  
Credits
ENG 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
5
ENG 1102 Literature and Composition
5
SPC 1101  Public Speaking
5
Area II - Social/Behavioral Science
PSY 1101 Introductory Psychology
5
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology
5
Area III - Natural Sciences / Mathematics
MAT 1111 College Algebra
5
   
 
   Essential Fundamental Occupational Courses
27
ECE 1010 Introduction to Early Childhood Care and Education
5
ECE 1012 Curriculum Development
5
ECE 1021 Early Childhood Care and Education Practicum I
5
ECE 1022 Early Childhood Care and Education Practicum II
3
ECE 1030 Human Growth and Development
3
ECE 1050 Health, Safety, and Nutrition
3
SCT 100 Introduction to Microcomputers
3
   Essential Specialty Technical Courses
38
ECE 1013 Art for Children
3
ECE 1014 Music and Movement
3
ECE 2010 Math and Science
5
ECE 2020 Early Childhood Care and Education Internship
12
ECE 2115 Exceptionalities
5
ECE 2116 Social Issues and Family Involvement
5
ECE 2240 Language Arts and Literature
5
And (Completion of one Specialization if required)
   Program Management Specialization Courses
15
ECE 2170 Program Administration
5
ECE 2210 Facility Management
5
ECE 2220 Personnel Management
5
   Paraprofessional Specialization Courses
15
ECE 2030 Human Growth and Development II
5
ECE 2110 Methods and Materials
7
ECE 2120 Professional Practices and Classroom Management
5
   
 
  Minimum Quarter-hour Credits Required for Graduation
110
  Minimum Program Length in Quarters
6
  Estimated Program Cost
$6,931


*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.