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Early Childhood Program Administration, TCC (ECP1)  Technical Certificate of Credit

Campus Locations: Valdosta, Ben Hill Irwin, Online, Coffee

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.

This program qualifies for the HOPE Career Grant.

Program Outcomes: Graduates will master professional codes and ethical conduct in Early Childhood Care and Education, employing guidance techniques that encourage positive social skills among children. They will develop tailored curricula and effective instructional practices, ensuring a well-organized and developmentally appropriate learning environment. Emphasizing safety, psychological well-being, and inclusivity, graduates will create environments that foster cultural diversity and support holistic child development.

Careers: Owner/Operator of a Daycare, Preschool, Group Home Child Care, or Family Child Care Business

Admission Requirements:

Program Requirements:

  • A satisfactory criminal background check must be completed prior to entering the Education practicum. A felony conviction could prevent employment in the Education field.
  • Some assignments may require students to attend face-to-face sessions.

Curriculum Outline (9 hours)
Occupational Courses 9
ECCE 1103

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): 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.

ECCE 2320

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): 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.

ECCE 2322

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): 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.


Early Childhood Care & Education Instructor
Ben Hill-Irwin Campus


Early Childhood Care & Education Instructor
Coffee Campus

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