2019-2020 Catalog

Child Development Specialist (CD61) Certificate

Campus Availability and Advisement:

Program offered on the Catoosa, Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield Murray campuses. Contact either LaVerne PruittTracy Wimberley, or Jennifer Dixon for advisement on any campus.

Program Description:

The Early Childhood Care and Education Child Development Specialist TCC is a sequence of five courses designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the field of early childhood education. The program emphasizes the basics needed for a career in early childhood, but this TCC also includes more content about planning curriculum and working in the field. In addition, the student may complete a practicum and work in a child care program. Graduates have qualifications to be employed in early care and education settings including child care centers, Head Start, and Georgia Pre-K programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Age: Minimum of 19 years of age

Education: Post-secondary credentials from an accredited institution, a current Child Development Associate Credential (CDA), or qualifying experience pending approval of the division chair.

Additional Requirement: Must attain program ready status on the ACCUPLACER or COMPASS assessment before this TCC can be awarded.

Required Courses (14 Credit Hours)

ECCE 1101Introduction to Early Childhood Care and Education


ECCE 1103Child Growth and Development


ECCE 1105Health, Safety and Nutrition


ECCE 1112Curriculum and Assessment



EMPL 1000Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development



ECCE 1121Early Childhood Care and Education Practicum


Total Credit Hours: 14 Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation