Early Childhood Care/Education
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.
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)
$17,200.00 – $29,000.00
Tuition & Fees: $8,855.00
Books & Supplies: $3,000.00
Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED: $22.00
Malpractice Insurance: $11.00
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)
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.
- 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.
For information on further advancing your education after completing your Associate of Applied Science Degree, see our Articulation (Transfer) Agreements.