Early Childhood Care/Education

Program Overview

The Early Childhood Care/Education associate of applied science degree 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 of this program will receive one of two areas of specialization:  exceptionalities or paraprofessional/school age.

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. Program graduates receive an Early Childhood Care/Education Associate of Applied Science degree and have the qualifications to be an early childhood care and education paraprofessional or early childhood program management director. Graduates have qualifications to be employed in early childhood care and education settings including child care centers, Head Start, Georgia Pre-K programs, and elementary school paraprofessional positions.  Prior to practicums and internships, students must submit to a GAPS fingerprint check.

Students are accepted into the Early Childhood Care/Education degree program every semester. A full-time student can complete this program in 5 semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 72 semester credit hours.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Early Childhood degree 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)

Salary Potential

$17,200.00 – $29,000.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees:  $8,855.00
Books & Supplies:  $3,000.00

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.)

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Early Childhood Care/Education degree program are prepared for employment as Preschool Teachers, paraprofessionals, Child Life Specialists, tutors, nannies, or Military Preschool Teachers or Preschool Directors. 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.

The College may accept transfer credit for other courses according to the College’s transfer policy.

Articulation Agreements

For information on further advancing your education after completing your Associate of Applied Science Degree, see our Articulation (Transfer) Agreements.



Course Overview

  • AREA I - Language Arts/Communication
  • ENGL1101Composition and Rhetoric3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • ENGL1102Literature and Composition3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • AREA II - Social/Behavioral
  • PSYC1101Introductory Psychology3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • AREA III - Sciences/Mathematics
  • Choose one of the following:
  • MATH1103Quantitative Skills and Reasoning3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • MATH1111College Algebra3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • AREA IV - Humanities/Fine Arts
  • Choose one of the following:
  • ENGL2110World Literature3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • ENGL2130American Literature3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • Program-Specific General Education Core Requirements
  • To meet the minimum required 18 semester credit hours in General Core Courses, students must take an additional 3 semester credit hours.
  • HIST2111U.S. History I3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • HIST2112U.S. History II3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • POLS1101American Government3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • SOCI1101Introduction to Sociology3 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
  • ECCE2201Exceptionalities3 credit hours45 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
  • ECCE2310Paraprofessional Methods and Materials3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • ECCE2312Paraprofessional Roles and Practices3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • ECCE2360Classroom Strategies for Exceptional Children3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • ECCE2362Exploring Your Role in the Exceptional Environment3 credit hours75 contact hours