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Early Care and Education

Degree: Associate in Applied Science, AAS


Early Care and Education', 'Associate in Applied Science with a major in Early Care and Education', 'ECE Degree graduates will demonstrate, through authentic field assessment, professional dispositions of the field of Early Care and Education, realized in commitments to children, families, colleagues, and community; evidenced in the practices of (1) evidence-based practice and advocacy, (2) upholding ethical and other standards of the field, (3) respectful collaboration within a community of learners, (4) effective and prosocial verbal and written communication, (4) reflection and self-assessment for continuous learning, (5) critical thinking that seeks and considers multiple perspectives, (6) identifying and using professional and community resources, (7) leadership for positive change.

• ENG 155 equivalent test scores

In the Real World

Preschool teachers educate and care for children younger than age 5 who have not yet entered kindergarten. They teach language, motor, and social skills to young children. Preschool teachers typically work in public and private schools or childcare centers. Many work the traditional 10-month school year, but some work year-round. Education and training requirements vary based on settings and state regulations. Preschool teachers typically need at least an associate’s degree.

Career Placement

At FDTC, we believe that education deserves results - that’s why we want to watch our students succeed in the real world. Florence-Darlington Technical College works diligently to match students with relevant jobs in our community so that they can put their hard-earned education to work. We partner with successful alumni and local businesses to ensure our students get the best possible career upon graduation. Our Career Services Office offers a variety of services to help students succeed including: resume coaching, on-campus recruiting & career fairs, online job postings, professional development workshops, personality evaluations, internship placement assistance, and other online career building resources. We encourage all students to schedule a meeting with a Career Services Coach at (843) 661-8075 to explore their post-graduation opportunities. Find out about what Career Services can do for you. What does your future look like?

Learning Goals/Objectives

The National Association for the Education of Young Children requires graduates to:
• Use knowledge of child development and learning in context to create a caring community of learners.
• Engage in reciprocal partnerships with families and foster community connections.
• Observe, document, and assess children’s development and learning.
• Teach to enhance each child’s development and learning.
• Understand and use content areas to plan and implement an engaging curriculum designed to meet goals that are important and meaningful for children, families, and the community in the present as well as the future.
• Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that early childhood educators need in order to make decisions that exemplify ethical, intentional, and reflective professional judgement and practice.

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