Early Childhood Program Administration - ECP1

Offered at the Following Campuses

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

Program Overview

The Early Childhood Care and Education Program Administration TCC program is a sequence of three courses designed to prepare students for a job as manager of a Childcare Learning Center or a Group Day Care Center. The program emphasizes child growth and development and management and administration issues involved in managing a child care center. Graduates have qualifications to be employed in early care and education settings including child care centers, Head Start, and Georgia Pre-K programs.

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

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 18 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 (9 hours)

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

Provides training in planning, implementation, and maintenance of an effective early childhood program and facility. Topics include organization, mission, philosophy, goals of a program; types of programs; laws, rules, regulations, accreditation, and program evaluation; needs assessment; administrative roles and board of directors; anti-bias program development; child development and developmentally appropriate practices; marketing, public and community relations, grouping, enrollment and retention; working with families; professionalism and work ethics; space management; money management; and program, equipment, and supplies management.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Provides training in early childhood personnel management. Topics include staff records; communication; personnel policies; managing payroll; recruitment, interviewing, selection, hiring, motivating, and firing; staff retention; staff scheduling; staff development; staff supervision; conflict resolution; staff evaluations; ethical responsibilities to employees; and time and stress management.



Program Related Options:

Early Childhood Care/Education Degree
Early Childhood Care/Education Diploma
Child Development Specialist 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