2018-2019 Catalog

Child Development Specialist (CD61) Certificate

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Campus Availability and Advisement:

  • Catoosa County Campus  Advisor: Tracy Wimberley
  • Floyd County Campus Advisor: Laverne Pruitt
  • Gordon County Campus  Advisor: Jennifer Dixon
  • Polk County Campus Advisor: Laverne Pruitt
  • Walker County Campus  Advisor: Susan Kendrick 
  • Whitfield Murray Campus Advisor: Susan Kendrick
  • 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