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Early Childhood Development

Graduates of the Early Childhood Development Programs find employment in child care centers, preschools, Head Start programs, public schools, and private kindergartens. Working as a nanny, serving as a public school teacher assistant, and opening a private or family child care center, are also employment options. Positions in a child care setting may include teacher assistants, lead teachers, assistant directors, and directors or owners/operators. Graduates may also find employment in various agencies, programs and entities that serve children and their families.

For a complete list of technical standards, program required forms, and admission procedures please go to the Health and Human Services department page.

Program Options

AAS Degree-Early Care and Education

The Associate in Applied Science major in Early Care and Education program prepares graduates for careers in early childhood settings that serve children birth through age 8. Possible job options are child care centers, preschools, and public or private schools. People who enjoy helping children learn and grow would be interested in this program of study. Students enrolled in this program are subject to criminal background checks, processed through the SC State Law Enforcement Division (SLED). The program is accredited with conditions by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. NAEYC, 1313 L St. N.W. Suite 500, Washington DC 20005-4101, Telephone: (202) 232-8777 or (800) 424- 2460, Email: webmaster@naeyc.org.

Complete AOT-105 or CPT-101
Complete ENG-101 or ENG-155.
Complete MAT-103 or MAT-155.
Complete PSY-105 or PSY-201.
Complete HIS-102, HSS-205 or PSC-201.
Complete ECD-101 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete ECD-102 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete ECD-105 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete ECD-107 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete ECD-135 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete ECD-203 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete ECD-243 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete COL-101
Complete ECD-108 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete ECD-109 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete ECD-131 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete ECD-132 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete ECD-133 (Minimum Grade C0
Complete ECD-200 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete ECD-201 (Minimum Grade C0
Complete ECD-210 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete 1 Elective Course (Minimum 3 credits): ECD-205, BIO-105, or PSC 201

Admission to the Early Childhood Development Programs requires qualifying scores on the College’s placement test, or SAT or ACT, and a high school diploma or equivalent. Prior to entry, students must submit evidence of a negative TB test, and complete a Department of Social Services (DSS) letter of non-conviction, criminal background check, and DSS required medical forms, which includes a health assessment.

Several courses require both lecture and lab hours at the nationally accredited York Technical College Child Development Center; in some cases labs are off-campus. The programs are designed to provide training for the person already employed in child care as well as to prepare those who plan to enter the field. Laboratory settings require criminal background checks, processed through SC State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), before allowing students to participate in laboratory experiences. Any conviction of the following will make the applicant ineligible for employment in any child care facility and therefore, ineligible to participate in laboratory experiences required in ECD courses: offenses against the person, offenses against morality and indecency; contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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Program Standards
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Certificate in Early Childhood Development

The Early Childhood Development certificate program prepares graduates for entry-level roles in early childhood settings that serve children birth through age 8. Possible job options are child care centers, preschools, and public or private schools. People who enjoy helping children learn and grow would be interested in this program of study. Students enrolled in this program are subject to criminal background checks, processed through the SC State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

Complete ECD-101 (minimum grade C)
Complete ECD-102 (minimum grade C)
Complete ECD-203 (minimum grade C)
Complete ECD-105 (minimum grade C)
Complete ECD-107 (minimum grade C)
Complete ECD-131 (minimum grade C)
Complete ECD-132 (minimum grade C)
Complete ECD-133 (minimum grade C)
Complete ECD-135 (minimum grade C)

Admission to the Early Childhood Development Programs requires qualifying scores on the College’s placement test, or SAT or ACT, and a high school diploma or equivalent. Prior to entry, students must submit evidence of a negative TB test, and complete a Department of Social Services (DSS) letter of non-conviction, criminal background check, and DSS required medical forms, which includes a health assessment. 

Several courses require both lecture and lab hours at the nationally accredited York Technical College Child Development Center; in some cases labs are off-campus. The programs are designed to provide training for the person already employed in child care as well as to prepare those who plan to enter the field. Laboratory settings require criminal background checks, processed through SC State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), before allowing students to participate in laboratory experiences. Any conviction of the following will make the applicant ineligible for employment in any child care facility and therefore, ineligible to participate in laboratory experiences required in ECD courses: offenses against the person, offenses against morality and indecency; contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Useful Links:

Download Program Standards for Early Childhood Development
Department Page

Child Care Management

The Child Care Management certificate program is designed to prepare graduates for administrative roles in child care settings. In addition to content about early childhood growth and development, the program contains several business related courses. People who would enjoy working in the office of a child care center may be interested in this program. Students enrolled in this program are subject to criminal background checks, processed through the SC State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

Complete ECD-102 (minimum grade C)
Complete ECD-203 (minimum grade C)
Complete ECD-105 (minimum grade C)
Complete ECD-108 (minimum grade C)
Complete ECD-109 (minimum grade C)
Complete ECD-132 (minimum Grade C)
Complete ECD-135 (minimum grade C)
Complete MGT-120 (minimum grade C)
Complete MGT-201 or BUS-101 (minimum grade C)
Complete 1 Course (Minimum Grade of C): ENG-101 or ENG-155

Admission to the Early Childhood Development Programs requires qualifying scores on the College’s placement test, or SAT or ACT, and a high school diploma or equivalent. Prior to entry, students must submit evidence of a negative TB test, and complete a Department of Social Services (DSS) letter of non-conviction, criminal background check, and DSS required medical forms, which includes a health assessment.

Several courses require both lecture and lab hours at the nationally accredited York Technical College Child Development Center; in some cases labs are off-campus. The programs are designed to provide training for the person already employed in child care as well as to prepare those who plan to enter the field. Laboratory settings require criminal background checks, processed through SC State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), before allowing students to participate in laboratory experiences. Any conviction of the following will make the applicant ineligible for employment in any child care facility and therefore, ineligible to participate in laboratory experiences required in ECD courses: offenses against the person, offenses against morality and indecency; contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Useful Links:

Download Program Standards for Early Childhood Development
Department Page

Infant and Toddler Development

The Infant and Toddler Development certificate program prepares graduates for child care roles working with children birth through 3 years. It focuses on daily planning, growth, and development. People who enjoy helping very young children learn and grow would be interested in this program of study. Students enrolled in this program are subject to criminal background checks, processed through the SC State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

Complete ECD-101 (minimum grade C)
Complete ECD-102 (minimum grade C)
Complete ECD-200 (minimum grade C)
Complete ECD-205 (minimum Grade C)
Complete ECD-207 (minimum Grade C)
Complete ECD-251 (minimum grade C)

Admission to the Early Childhood Development Programs requires qualifying scores on the College’s placement test, or SAT or ACT, and a high school diploma or equivalent. Prior to entry, students must submit evidence of a negative TB test, and complete a Department of Social Services (DSS) letter of non-conviction, criminal background check, and DSS required medical forms, which includes a health assessment.

Several courses require both lecture and lab hours at the nationally accredited York Technical College Child Development Center; in some cases labs are off-campus. The programs are designed to provide training for the person already employed in child care as well as to prepare those who plan to enter the field. Laboratory settings require criminal background checks, processed through SC State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), before allowing students to participate in laboratory experiences. Any conviction of the following will make the applicant ineligible for employment in any child care facility and therefore, ineligible to participate in laboratory experiences required in ECD courses: offenses against the person, offenses against morality and indecency; contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

 

Useful Links:

Download Program Standards for Early Childhood Development
Department Page

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