Early Childhood Development Certificate

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Students in Early Childhood Development receive a comprehensive understanding of the needs of young children and are trained to implement quality preschool programming.

Students must receive a grade of "C" or higher in all coursework with a prefix of ECD. They will learn growth and development principles, teaching methods, understanding and working with special needs children, safety, first aid, CPR training, discipline techniques and methods for working effectively with parents. Students prepare for the job market by participating in developmentally-appropriate practices in language arts, creative experiences, math and science concepts. Students may choose either day or evening courses. Students are required to have an acceptable criminal background check and drug screening to complete ECD 243. A criminal record could make you ineligible for enrollment or participation in ECD 243, creating an inability to graduate from the program. This program meets ECE TEACH Credential and Headstart CDA requirements.

Program Location: Greenwood, Laurens County, Newberry

Contact Information: Ashley Hollingsworth


Required Courses

Additional Program Information


Day or Evening Program

SPRING Credit Hours
ECD 101 Introduction to Early Childhood 3.0
ECD 102 Growth and Development I 3.0
ECD 131 Language Arts 3.0
ECD 132 Creative Experiences 3.0
SUMMER Credit Hours
ECD 107 Exceptional Children 3.0
ECD 135 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3.0
ECD 203 Growth and Development II 3.0
FALL Credit Hours
ECD 105 Guidance & Classroom Management 3.0
ECD 133 Science and Math Concepts 3.0
ECD 243 Supervised Field Experience I 3.0
Total Credit Hours: 30.0

Updated 4/24/2014



Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement  – The mission of the Early Care and Education Program of Piedmont Technical College is to provide the community with professional early educators who are knowledgeable, competent, committed and capable of providing quality professional care for all children. The program’s graduates are able to evaluate and assess children and make quality developmentally appropriate decisions for children’s learning. Through the extensive study of NAEYC standards and the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct our students are provided the knowledge needed to support advocacy for children and the profession of early educators. 

Student Learning Outcomes: aligned to NAEYC Program Standards:

Promoting Child Development and Learning

1a: Knowing and understanding young children’s characteristics and needs

1b: Knowing and understanding the multiple influences on development and learning

1c: Using developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments

Building Family and Community Relationships

2a: Knowing about and understanding diverse family and community characteristics

2b: Supporting and engaging families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships

2c: Involving families and communities in their children’s development and learning

Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families

3a: Understanding the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment

3b: Knowing about and using observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches

3c: Understanding and practicing responsible assessment to promote positive outcomes for each child

3d: Knowing about assessment partnerships with families and with professional colleagues

Using Developmentally Effective Approaches to Connect with Children and Families

4a: Understanding positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation of their work with children

4b: Knowing and understanding effective strategies and tools for early education

4c: Using a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching/learning approaches

4d: Reflecting on their own practice to promote positive outcomes for each child

Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum

5a: Understanding content knowledge and resources in academic disciplines

5b: Knowing and using the central concepts, inquiry tools, and structures of content areas or academic disciplines

5c: Using their own knowledge, appropriate early learning standards, and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curricula for each child.

Becoming a Professional

6a: Identifying and involving oneself with the early childhood field

6b: Knowing about and upholding ethical standards and other professional guidelines

6c: Engaging in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice

6d: Integrating knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education

6e: Engaging in informed advocacy for children and the profession 5a: Understanding content knowledge and resources in academic disciplines


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Advisement Information for ECD Certificate

  • Students must complete all program required coursework with a "C" or higher.

  • Students may only take ECD 243, ECD 244, and ECD 251 twice and must earn a "C" or higher.

  • Students are responsible for transportation to and from any practicum, lab or clinical site.

  • It is recommended that all general education coursework be completed prior to enrolling in ECD coursework.

  • Students must pass a drug screening.

  • Students must have a current background check.  A criminal record could make you ineligible for enrollment or participation in a supervised field placement experience, creating an inability to graduate from the program.

  • Candidates are required to complete a minimum of one summer session of coursework.

  • Program electives for the Infant and Toddler Concentration include ECD 105, ECD 107, ECD 133, ECD 109 or SAC 101.

Advisement Information updated 3/19/2014