Early Childhood


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 

  1. Early Care and Education, AAS Degree

  2. Early Childhood Development Certificate

  3. Infant and Toddler Certificate

Program Information
View information about this program including semester schedule.



The Infant Toddler Certificate Program is designed to help upgrade and enhance the skills of infant and toddler child care professionals and also is open to those with no experience. Professionals working with children birth through three years old are provided with training related to experiences in growth and development, curriculum issues, and practical classroom experience. This certificate and the individual courses will lead to the Infant/Toddler credentials administered by the Center for Child Care Career Development if the student wishes to pursue these avenues.
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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.




Early Childhood Programs
Early Care prepares students to become daycare teachers and assistants, and directors of daycare programs.

Contact Info

Early Care and Education Programs
Benita Yowe, Department Chair

Phone: (864) 592-4059