Early Childhood and Education

Credentials You Can Earn

NGTC offers the Early Childhood Care and Education program at certificate, diploma, and degree levels. Courses present developmentally effective strategies that promote positive physical and emotional development for young children. The program emphasizes relationships between child development and positive guidance and examines strategies for children with special needs. Graduates may seek employment in early care and education settings such as child care centers, Head Start, or Georgia Pre-K.

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Degree

Early Childhood Care and Education AAS Degree

The Early Childhood Care and Education degree program prepares students for a variety of careers in the field of early childhood education. The program emphasizes a combination of early childhood care and education theory and practical application as well as general core competencies necessary for successful employment. Graduates have qualifications to be employed in early childhood care and education settings including child care centers, Head Start, Georgia Pre-K programs and elementary school paraprofessional positions. Graduates of this program will receive one of three areas of specialization: program administration, paraprofessional, or family child care. To work in a childcare field, an employee must pass a criminal background check. Graduates of the program receive an Early Childhood and Education Associate of Applied Science Degree.


Diploma

Early Childhood Care and Education Diploma

The Early Childhood Care and Education diploma program prepares students for a variety of careers in the field of early childhood education. The program emphasizes a combination of early childhood care and education theory and practical application as well as general core competencies necessary for successful employment. Graduates have qualifications to be employed in early care and education settings including child care centers and Head Start. To work in a childcare field, an employee must pass a criminal background check. Program graduates receive an Early Childhood and Education Diploma.


Certificates

NGTC‘s Early Childhood and Education program offers ­­­­­2 certificates for those who want to specialize in a particular area or to refresh the skills they may already have:

  • Early Childhood Program Administration
  • Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

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Career Opportunities

Individuals who graduate from NGTC’s Early Childhood and Education program can hit the ground running if they choose to become:

  • Nannies
  • Paraprofessionals in the School System
  • Child Care Center Workers

Graduates of the Early Childhood and Education  program may work in a variety of fields including:

  • Child Care Centers
  • Head Start
  • Georgia Pre-K programs
  • Elementary schools

There are many employment fields that require skills similar to those required to be a childcare worker, such as:

  • Special Education Teachers
  • Library Assistants
  • Dental Assistants

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Meet the Faculty

 

 

Kelly Smith

With nearly thirty years in elementary schools in Alabama and Georgia, Kelly Smith brings a wealth of experience into the college classroom. Ms. Smith completed her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science, both in Early Childhood Education, from Brenau University.  She also obtained her Administration and Supervision Specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. She joined the college as the full-time Early Childhood Care and Education Director and Instructor in January, 2015.


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