May 22, 2018  
2017-2018 Course Catalog & Student Handbook 
2017-2018 Course Catalog & Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Care and Education, AAS

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Program Description

The Early Childhood Care and Education degree is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for careers in early childhood care and education and related fields. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of early childhood care and education theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive an Early Childhood Care and Education associate of applied science degree with one of the following concentrations: 1) Early Childhood Care and Education Paraprofessional 2) Early Childhood Program Administration 3) Exceptionalities. (Program Length: 6 Semesters Minimum)

View the Early Childhood Care AAS Degree Program Fact Sheet for additional information.

The Gwinnett Technical College Early Childhood Technology program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
1313 L St. NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C.   20005
(202) 232-8777

Employment Opportunities

Early childhood care and education paraprofessional in an elementary school or special education classroom, early childhood program management director or assistant director, lead teacher in an early childhood program


Essential General Education Core Courses (18 Credits)

Area I - Language Arts/Communication

(Successful completion of ENGL 1101  and one other course from Area I is required)

Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences

(Successful completion of PSYC 1101  is required)

Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts

(Choose ONE of the following)

General Education Elective:

To meet the minimum required 18 semester credit hours in general education courses, an additional 3 semester credit hours must be taken from Area I, Area II, Area III, or Area IV. Students can view the complete list of classes here .


(Completion of ONE of the following concentrations is required for graduation.)

Paraprofessional Concentration (6 Credits)


Program Administration Concentration (6 Credits)


Exceptionalities Concentration (6 Credits)


Total Hours: 71

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