Early Childhood Development Certificate
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.
|REQUIRED COURSE INFORMATION|
|ECD 101||Introduction to Early Childhood||3.0|
|ECD 102||Growth and Development I||3.0|
|ECD 105||Guidance & Classroom Management||3.0|
|ECD 107||Exceptional Children||3.0|
|ECD 131||Language Arts||3.0|
|ECD 132||Creative Experiences||3.0|
|ECD 133||Science and Math Concepts||3.0|
|ECD 135||Health, Safety and Nutrition||3.0|
|ECD 203||Growth and Development II||3.0|
|ECD 243||Supervised Field Experience I||3.0|
|ENG 101||English Composition I||3.0|
|Total Credit Hours||33.0|
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
Gainful Employment Information
- 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
- ENG 101 is a prerequisite for all ECD coursework, but first-semester ECD classes in certificate programs can be scheduled while student is completing ENG 101. Students must earn a “C” or higher in ENG 101. If placement test scores do not show readiness for 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.
- 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.
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. Field experience will be completed in ECD 243, ECD 244, 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 Childhood Development Certificate (ECD7) - Fall Start
Early Childhood Development Certificate (ECD7) - Spring Start
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if this advising guide needs corrections or updates.
Advisement Information updated/reviewed 3/2018.