Early Childhood Development: Certificate | Technical College of the LowCountry

Early Childhood Development: Certificate


Say “yes” to childish ways.

Prepare for a rewarding career in early childhood development and learn to care for the whole child.

Program Description


The Early Childhood Development certificate program offers a practical and theoretical approach to child care. You’ll gain a thorough knowledge of the physical, emotional, social and cognitive development of children.

The 27-credit-hour program can be completed in as little as three semesters. Coursework ranges from growth and development, to guidance and classroom management, to science and math concepts.

Accreditation & Accolades


Technical College of the Lowcountry 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 Technical College of the Lowcountry.

Quick Facts


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Learn in the classroom and in the field.
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Individuals seeking to begin a career as a child care assistant.
Quick Fact 3
Parents who want to learn more about the growth and development of young children.

What People Are Saying


“Employers know that when they hire our graduates, they are getting a highly qualified professional.”

Kelli Boniecki

FAQs & Additional Information

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What does this program cost?*

Tuition: 27 credits x $170 per credit = $4,590.

Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many TCL students attend for free.

*Based on Fall 2016 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Qualifications vary.

Career & Education Opportunities:

• Graduates go to work in a variety of child care settings, including child care centers, preschools, Headstart programs, public schools, private kindergartens. Others choose to continue their education and pursue an associate degree at TCL.

• The S.C. annual mean wage for childcare workers is $19,240, according to 2015 reports from U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. Earnings can increase substantially with time and experience. For example, child care directors have an annual mean wage of $47,310.

Is this program for you?

The program prepares students to provide quality care for young children and is designed for:

• Full-time students preparing for a career in early childhood development.
• Currently employed individuals pursuing a career change as a child care assistant.
• Childcare teachers and administrators who want to expand their early childhood knowledge.
• Parents who want to learn more about the growth and development of young children.

Other Resources

Gainful Employment: Learn more about the Early Childhood Development Certificate.

Program Dean


Kenneth Flick

Division Dean/Business & Industrial Technologies

kflick@tcl.edu

Instructors


Kelli Boniecki

Early Care & Education Instructor/Business Technologies

kboniecki@tcl.edu

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