Early Care and Education

Today’s child care centers provide a fun, safe and stimulating environment in which children can grow in all areas of development.

The Early Care and Education program at Greenville Technical College teaches skills to help children explore their interests, develop their talents and independence, build self-esteem, and interact with others. Students also benefit from a first-hand learning environment in Greenville Technical College’s nationally accredited Child Development Center.

For students already employed in the early childhood education field, opportunities may be available for Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (TEACH) scholarships and other bonus incentives.

A career you can count on

Employment opportunities are available with

  • child care programs
  • preschools
  • Head Start programs
  • child development centers
  • after school programs
  • programs for children with special needs
  • public school classroom assistants
  • self-employment

Additional information about a career in the field of child care and education, available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is a good national overview of the profession.

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What you’ll learn in the program

  • Classroom management
  • Growth and development
  • Ethics and leadership
  • Family and community relations
  • Creative experiences
  • Health, safety and nutrition
  • Administration and supervision

Greenville Technical College students have the benefit of learning in a model setting with an on-campus, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited child development center serving infants through preschool children of students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. Working under experienced teachers, students plan, implement, and evaluate appropriate activities designed to help children gain social skills, solve problems, and gain knowledge about their environment. This experience allows students to graduate with a broad range of first-hand experience.

This associate degree program does not lead to teacher licensure. 

Accreditation

This academic program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).


Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404)679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Greenville Technical College.

Program details and courses

Early Care and Education
Associate in Applied Science


This degree gives students an understanding of the needs of young children and prepares them to implement quality pre-school programming. An introduction to administration of programs for young children is also included.

The associate degree alone does not grant teacher licensure or teacher certification. 

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Child Care Management
Certificate in Applied Science

This certificate provides a basic understanding of the needs of young children and the basic skills needed to manage a child care center. An introduction to administration of program for young children is also included. 

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Early Childhood Development
Certificate in Applied Science

Gain a basic understanding of the needs of young children and prepare to implement quality pre-school programming. 

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Early Childhood Special Education
Certificate in Applied Science


This program will prepare early childhood educators to work with preschool children who are not developing in a typical manner in one or more than one domain of development. 

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Gainful Employment Disclosure

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, we encourage you to review our gainful employment disclosure information for Child Care Management, Early Childhood Development, Early Childhood Special Education, and Infant Toddler (frozen program).