The Early Care and Education (ECE) Programs at SCC Downtown Campus are courses of study for students entering the field of early childhood education as daycare teachers, teachers’ assistants, and directors of daycare programs. View/download ECE brochure (PDF)
Please note applicants wishing to enroll in the General Technology-Early Childhood Development degree program or the Early Childhood Development Certificate Program must submit to a criminal background investigation (CBI).
Early Care Accreditation
Student outcomes data is available in a report annually. Click the link below to view this accreditation information.
View or download the 2018 Accreditation Report (PDF)
Specific Programs and Course Requirements
ECE programs are also designed to upgrade job skills of individuals already employed in the field. Early Care offers transfer to Clemson University to pursue a bachelor's degree. Those wanting to become elementary, middle and high school teachers should pursue SCC's University Transfer/Teacher Education path.
As an ECE student, you will:
- Learn how children grow and learn and why they behave the way they do
- Develop the skills necessary to plan and implement educational activities for children
- Learn the positive methods of working with young children that will enhance their physical, mental, emotional and social development
As a trained early childhood teacher, you'll help children enter grade school prepared and eager to learn. The federal and state governments, as well as SCC, recognize the importance of preschool education and the need for specialists in this field. A graduate will be qualified to work in head start centers, child development centers, day care centers, nursery schools, kindergartens, elementary schools, and family and group day care homes.
SCC is one of four Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited programs in the Upstate to participate in an articulation agreement with Clemson University that offers students in SCC's Early Childhood Development Program the opportunity for a seamless transfer to Clemson University's College of Education to pursue a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. Students wishing to teach older children should pursue the teacher education path in SCC's University Transfer programs.
If you are currently working in child care you may qualify for a scholarship to help with the cost of tuition and textbooks. Find out more information about the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship.