Early Childhood Care/Education

Program Overview

The Early Childhood Care/Education diploma program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the field of early childhood education.  The program emphasizes a combination of early childhood care and education theory and practical application as well as general core competencies necessary for successful employment.  Graduates have qualifications to be employed in early childhood care and education settings including child care centers, Head Start and Georgia Pre-K programs.

Students are accepted into the Early Childhood Care/Education diploma program every semester. A full-time student can complete this program in 4 semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 53 semester credit hours.

Prior to practicums or internships, students must submit to a GAPS fingerprint check.  Students in the ECCE program will have to pay for their CPR and first aid training.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Early Childhood diploma program must be fond of children, dependable, reliable, flexible, patient, and positive.

Offered at the Following Campuses/Delivery Mode

  • North Campus (Sandersville)
  • South Campus (Dublin)
  • Jefferson County Center

Salary Potential

$14,560.00 – $20,560.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees:  $6,624.00
Books & Supplies:  $1,700.00

Additional Fees

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED:  $22.00
Malpractice Insurance:  $11.00
Fingerprinting:  $47.75
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

HOPE Career Grant:
The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with one of 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them.

To qualify, an OFTC student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the approved programs and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term. The amount of the HOPE Career Grant award is a fixed amount for each term of enrollment:

  • 9 or more credit hours – $500/semester
  • 3-8 credit hours – $250/semester
  • 1-2 credit hours – $125/semester
  • Commercial Truck Driving – $1,000 one time award

High School students in dual enrollment and joint enrollment are NOT eligible.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Early Childhood Care/Education diploma are prepared for employment as an early childhood care and education provider. Instruction and practical application of learned skills provide a broad occupational background which appeals to prospective employers.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • OFTC may accept a student’s official entrance score on the following validated assessment instruments if the scores meet the required minimums: COMPASS/ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT, PACT, Accuplacer/Accuplacer Next Generation/Companion, HOPE GPA after completion of 10th grade of 2.6 or higher or GED.



Course Overview

  • ENGL1010Fundamentals of English I3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • MATH1012Foundations of Mathematics3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • and one of the following:
  • EMPL1000Interpersonal Relations & Prof Devlpmnt2 credit hours30 contact hours
  • PSYC1010Basic Psychology3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • COLL1060Introduction to College and Computers3 credit hours50 contact hours
  • ECCE1101Introduction to Early Childhood Care and Education3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • ECCE1103Child Growth and Development3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • ECCE1105Health, Safety and Nutrition3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • ECCE1112Curriculum and Assessment3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • ECCE1113Creative Activities for Children3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • ECCE1121Early Childhood Care and Education Practicum3 credit hours105 contact hours
  • ECCE2115Language and Literacy3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • ECCE2116Math and Science3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • ECCE2202Social Issues and Family Involvement3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • ECCE2203Guidance and Classroom Management3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • ECCE2245Early Childhood Care and Education Internship I6 credit hours270 contact hours
  • ECCE2246Early Childhood Care and Education Internship II6 credit hours270 contact hours