Early Care and Education – Associate Degree

About the Program

Gain a basic understanding of the needs of young children and the methods necessary to implement quality preschool programming. Learn growth and development principles, teaching methods, safety and first aid, discipline techniques, developmentally appropriate curriculum methods, exceptionality and early intervention techniques for promoting effective family-program partnerships, and principles of ethics and leadership in early care and education. Work as a teacher in an early childhood development center or teacher’s aide in a public school, or start your own child development center.



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The Associate of Applied Science degree program in Early Care and Education at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, www.naeyc.org. The accreditation term runs from February 1, 2014-July 31, 2021.

To review accreditation status, please visit the OCtech Program Accreditation/Approval page.

Important program information: Outcome Measures: Early Childhood

Mission Statement

Improve the service area’s capacity to meet the unique social, emotional, intellectual, and physical needs of all young children by producing education professionals reflective of their community and capable of putting research into practice.

Program Coordinator

Barbara (Babs) Hughes
Instructor(Early Childhood)

Meet a Graduate

“I like that the program is flexible. You have the online courses, excellent support staff, great instructors – whatever you need to accomplish your goals, they provide it for you.”

— Melissa Eisom, Early Care and Education Class of 2018