2021-2022 Course Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 23, 2024  
2021-2022 Course Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Care and Education Basics Certificate Program Fact Sheet

What is Early Childhood Care and Education? The early childhood care and education basic certificate includes three basic early childhood and care education courses that are needed for entry level teachers.  The program provides an introductory to ECCE course, a child growth and development course, and a health, safety, and nutrition course.  Employment opportunities include an early childhood care and education assistant teacher or aide.
Degrees and Certificates

This certificate does not qualify for Federal financial aid as it does not meet the minimum hour requirements.

Prerequisite Courses
  1. FYES 1000  
  2. Diploma level proficiency in English, reading and math are required to take ECCE technical courses.  Please refer to course descriptions in the online catalog for specific prerequisites.
Semester Program Begins Fall, spring, or summer
Application Process Applicants to the Early Childhood Care and Education program must meet all Admission requirements; complete an application and pay the application fee.  Individuals apply to Gwinnett Technical College at GwinnettTech.edu, submit all transcripts from high school and previous college work, and take the ACCUPLACER test, if required.

All Early Childhood Care and Education students are required to submit a completed state and federal criminal records background check prior to enrolling in ECCE 1121  , ECCE 2245  and ECCE 2246  .  To be employed in child care centers, public schools, or Head Start centers, an individual must have a satisfactory criminal records check.  Persons who have been convicted of a felony offense are not employable in the child care field.
Program Deadlines You may enter in the fall, spring, or summer terms.
For more information, contact: Jennifer Roberts, program director, JRoberts@GwinnettTech.edu, 678.226.6470.
For admission and enrollment, contact: .Enrollment Support Center in Building 100 at the Lawrenceville campus, or Building A at the Alpharetta-North Fulton campus, or email EducationTeam@GwinnettTech.edu.

Quick Facts

Nature of the Work:  Teacher assistants work under a lead teacher’s supervision to support the classroom learning environment and learning experiences.

Work Environment:  Teacher assistants typically work in public and  private early learning centers.  

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.

The Gwinnett Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
Lisa Richardson, Section 504/ADA, Title IX and Equity Coordinator, Building 100, Room 708, 678.226.6691, LRichardson@GwinnettTech.edu