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    Sandi Campbell
    Program Director for Early Childhood Development
    843-661-8132
    Room 900

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Early Childhood Development Certificate

Health and Sciences Division

General Description | Semester Layout  | Course Requirements | Printable Checklist

Mission

To improve job knowledge and skills for individuals entering the field of early care and education as well as those already employed in the field.

Description

Early childhood and child-care workers nurture and teach preschool children in centers designed for childcare. These workers play an important role in a child's development by caring for the child when the primary caregivers are at work or away for other reasons. They instruct children in activities designed to promote social, physical, emotional, and intellectual growth. This is accomplished by planning for individual and group activities that include small group lessons, one-on-one instruction, and play.

Early childhood and child-care workers are employed in private and public centers, school systems, community and state agencies, as well as religious institutions. According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor, the average for early childhood and child-care workers is $15,100. The projected growth in job opportunities for early childhood and child-care workers is 21-35% for the next ten years.

Program Entrance Requirements

Course Level Required Courses
High School

None

College None
Other Required

Diploma or GED

(NOTE: Non-high school graduates or those who do not have a GED, must score 61 or better on the reading portion of the COMPASS test. )

No

Approval/Permission Needed -- Application Process

No

Prior Experience/Observation

No
Minimum Cumulative GPA  of 2.0 No

Current CPR Certification

by American Heart Association or American Red Cross

No
First Aid Certification No

Hepatitis B Immunization

or Signed Informed Refusal or Titer

No
MMR Immunization or Titer No
Chicken Pox Vaccination or Titer No
Two-step PPD / Chest X-Ray

Yes

Medical Examination

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

No

Dental Examination

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

Dental health must meet departmental standards.

No

Technical Standards

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

No

Negative Drug Screen

No

Satisfactory Background Check

No

Other Diplomas, Licensures, etc.

No

Recent Photograph

Photograph will not be returned.

No

Academic Standards

Standard Criteria Required

Courses requiring a grade of "C" or better

No

Courses that may not be attempted more than twice

No

Complete or Maintain CPR Certification

by American Heart Association or American Red Cross

Yes

Curriculum Completion Requirement

No

Drug Calculation Competency

Students must demonstrate drug calculation competency each semester in order to progress in curriculum courses.

No

Dismissal Policy

No

Re-entry Policy

No

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all required courses specified in the curriculum.
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to the College.
  • Achieve a cumulative final GPA of 2.0.
  • Earn at least 25 percent of the total credit hours of his/her curriculum at FDTC.  Exceptions can be made only by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Program Specific Notes

CPR certification (listed above) must be for infants and children. Completion of certification in First Aid for infants and children is also required.