Early Care and Education, Infant/Toddler Concentration (A.A.S.)

The Early Care and Education program offers a combination of classroom instruction and supervised, hands-on experience that prepares students for direct entry into the field of Early Care and Education. This program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

To succeed in the Early Care and Education program, students must score a grade of "C" or higher in all coursework with an ECD prefix, enjoy children, have patience, possess excellent communication skills with adults and children, enjoy creative activities, have decision making skills, be able to spend long lengths of time being actively involved with children and have a strong work ethic.

The Infant and Toddler Care concentration is designed to prepare students for a position in childcare programs working with children ages birth to three. This concentration provides students with the skills to prepare appropriate nurturing environments and skills to assist families in building positive and supportive family relationships. There are two field experiences in which students receive hands-on training in an Infant/Toddler childcare setting. A clean drug screening and criminal background check are required. The placements are designed to give students opportunities for practical application of theories learned in the classroom.

Required Courses

Courses Credit Hours
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 120 Probability and Statistics 3.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3.0
  Elective Humanities  3.0
Subtotal 15.0
ECD 101 Introduction to Early Childhood 3.0
ECD 102 Growth and Development I 3.0
ECD 135 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3.0
ECD 251 Supervised Field Experiences in Infant & Toddler Environments 3.0
Subtotal   12.0
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3.0
ECD 108 Family and Community Relations 3.0
ECD 131 Language Arts 3.0
ECD 132 Creative Experiences 3.0
ECD 200 Curriculum Issues in Infant & Toddler Development 3.0
ECD 201 Principles of Ethics and Leadership in Early Care and Education 3.0
ECD 205 Socialization and Group Care of Infants and Toddlers 3.0
ECD 207 Inclusive Care for Infants & Toddlers 3.0
ECD 237 Methods and Materials 3.0
ECD 244 Supervised Field Experience II 3.0
ECD 246 Designing Quality Infant & Toddler Environments 3.0
  Program Elective
(see advisor)
  Program Elective
(see advisor)
Subtotal 39.0
Total Credit Hours 66.0

Updated 3/23/2017

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

Advisement Information

Program notes

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for all ECD coursework. Student must complete all program required coursework with a “C” or higher.
  • Candidates are responsible for transportation to and from any practicum, lab or clinical sites.
  • It is recommended that all general education coursework be taken prior to enrolling in ECD coursework.
  • Student may only take ECD 243, 244 and 251 two (2) times and must receive a grade of “C” or higher on the second attempt for the course to count towards graduation.
  • Courses with a prefix of ECD or SAC must be less than 8 years old in order to count toward a certificate, diploma or degree program.
  • Candidates are required to complete a minimum of one summer session of coursework.

Notes about individual classes

  • The English required for this program is ENG 101. Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores: ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012)> ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 101.
  • The math required for this program is MAT 120.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 152 or MAT 101 > MAT 120.
  • Program electives for the Early Care and Education Associate degree, Infant and Toddler concentration include ECD 105, ECD 107, ECD 133, and/or SAC 101.
  • Some ECD coursework is offered online and at PTC county campuses. No ECD coursework is taught on the PEN system. Methods courses are not offered online as these courses are predominantly offered at the Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood. It is not possible for a student to complete either degree or certificate completely online or at a county campus. Students will be required to travel to the Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood for ECD 243, ECED 251, ECD 244 and possibly other courses during the program.
  • Humanities requirements include either ART 101 or MUS 105.

Notes about other requirements

  • Have a current acceptable background check. A criminal record could make you ineligible for enrollment or participation in a supervised field experience, creating an inability to graduate from the program. This check will be completed in ECD 243 and/or ECD 251.
  • Pass a drug screening.
  • A Tuberculosis test is required for clinical sites. Students will be required to pay for this and provide results to the ECD 243, ECD 244 or ECD 251 instructor.
  • CPR and first aid certifications are required as part of ECD 135. There is an additional fee associated with these certifications.
  • Students seeking to transfer to a four-year university to complete South Carolina state teaching certificate requirements must meet with an ECD program advisor for specific requirements and pass all three sections of PRAXIS 1

Semester-by-semester graduation plan

Early Care and Education, Infant/Toddler (ECDI) - Fall Semester
Early Care and Education, Infant/Toddler (ECDI) - Spring Semester
Early Care and Education, Infant/Toddler (ECDI) - Summer Semester


  • You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works, your Class Schedule, or by visiting the Advising webpage.
  • Please contact Claudia Edwards for more information about this program.
  • Please email advising@ptc.edu if this advising guide needs corrections or updates.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 3/2018.