The Early Childhood Care and Education program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for careers in child care and related fields. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of early childhood care and education theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Students who complete an associate's degree can transfer into a bachelor's program in Early Childhood Education. Our BCSS partner is Piedmont University, Athens Campus.


certification Information

This program prepares students to work as a teacher in childcare setting, as a parapro in an elementary classroom, or to transfer into a bachelor's program in Early Childhood Education. Students will earn a certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education Basics as well as a Child Development Specialist certificate. 


A graduation plan is available below. For specific information about how you can complete this program, please contact Sims Academy.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester


ECCE 1101
Intro to Early Childhood Care

ECCE 1103
Child Growth and Development

EMPL 1000
Interpersonal Relations/Prof Dev

ECCE 1105
Health Safety and Nutrition

ECCE 1112
Curriculum and Assessment



Pathway to the elementary classroom

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