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Early Childhood Development (190709)

Diploma: Diploma in Applied Science, DAS


Early childhood and child-care workers are employed in private and public centers, school systems, community and state agencies, as well as religious institutions. The Early Childhood Development program is designed to prepare students to work with young children. Although elective credit may be given for some completed ECD coursework, the coursework in its entirety is not transferrable to a four-year institution.

• High School Diploma or GED
• Admission Test Scores: R-61 or higher; W-61 or higher; A-44 or higher

In the Real World

Early childhood and child-care workers nurture and teach preschool children in centers designed for childcare. These workers play an important role in a child’s development by caring for the child when the primary caregivers are at work or away for other reasons. They instruct children in activities designed to promote social, physical, emotional, and intellectual growth. This is accomplished by planning for individual and group activities that include small group lessons, one-on-one instruction, and play.

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.
• 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.

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