Child Development Specialist - CD61

Offered at the Following Campuses

  • High Schools
  • Online
  • Valdosta Campus
  • Coffee Campus
  • Ben Hill-Irwin Campus

Program Overview

The Early Childhood Care and Education Child Development Specialist TCC is a sequence of five courses designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the field of early childhood education. The program emphasizes the basics needed for a career in early childhood, but this TCC also includes more content about planning curriculum and working in the field. In addition, the student may complete a practicum and work in a child care program. Graduates have qualifications to be employed in early care and education settings including child care centers and Head Start.

** Some assignments may require students to attend face-to-face sessions.

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Present acceptable SAT or ACT scores taken within the last 60 months, or acceptable ACCUPLACER, COMPASS or ASSET scores taken within the last 60 months. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.
  • A satisfactory criminal background check must be completed prior to entering the Early Childhood Care and Education practicum.  A felony conviction could prevent employment in the Early Childhood Care and Education field.


**This program qualifies for the HOPE Career Grant (formerly Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG)).**

Please visit Georgia’s HOPE Career Grant for more information.


Course Overview

Credit Hours
Occupational Courses (14 - 15 hours)

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Introduces concepts relating the responsibilities and procedures involved in a variety of early childhood care situations. Topics include historical perspectives; professionalism; guidance; developmentally appropriate practices; learning environment (including all children); cultural diversity; and licensing, accreditation, and credentialing.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Introduces the student to the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of the young child (prenatal through 12 years of age). The course provides for competency development in observing, recording, and interpreting growth and development stages in the young child; advancing physical and intellectual competence; supporting social and emotional development; and examining relationships between child development and positive guidance. Topics include developmental characteristics, prenatal through age 12, developmental guidance applications, observing and recording techniques, ages and stages of development, and introduction to children with special needs.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Introduces the theory, practices, and requirements for establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment. Topics include CPR and first aid, health issues, safety issues, child abuse and neglect, and nutritional needs of children.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: ECCE 1103

Provides student with an understanding of developmentally effective approaches to teaching, learning, observing, documenting and assessment strategies that promote positive development for young children. The course will enable the student to establish a learning environment appropriate for young children and to identify the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment in the development of curriculum for young children. Topics include observing, documenting, and assessing; learning environments; development of curriculum plans and materials; curriculum approaches; and instructional media.
Choose One of the Following (2 - 3 hours)

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes human relations and professional development in today's rapidly changing world that prepares students for living and working in a complex society. Topics include human relations skills, job acquisition skills and communication, job retention skills, job advancement skills, and professional image skills.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: ECCE 1105

Provides the student with the opportunity to gain a supervised experience in a practicum placement site allowing demonstration of techniques obtained from course work. Practicum topics include promoting child development and learning; building family and community relationships; observing, documenting, and assessing to support young children and families; teaching and learning; becoming a professional; and guidance techniques and classroom management.



Related Program Options:

Early Childhood Care/Education Degree
Early Childhood Care/Education Diploma
Early Childhood Program Administration TCC
Advanced Child Development Specialist TCC

BFTS Incentives Program


Amy Southers
Early Childhood Care & Education Instructor
Office: Lowndes Hall, room 7161
Phone: (229) 333-2100, ext. 3045
Campus: Valdosta Campus

Valerie Tisby
Early Childhood Care & Education Instructor
Phone: (229) 468-2000 ext. 2259
Campus: Ben Hill-Irwin Campus