Early Childhood Care and Education

Gwinnett Tech's Early Childhood Care and Education program provides a unique combination of theory and practical application sure to make graduates a welcomed addition to any early childhood environment.

Students gain Early Childhood Care and Education experience with:

  • 75 hours of practicum at D. Scott Hudgens, Jr. Early Education Center located on the College’s Lawrenceville campus

  • 425 hours of internship in Gwinnett County Public Schools, and

  • three specializations offered for the Degree Program: Paraprofessional; Management; and Exceptionalities.

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The Gwinnett Technical College Early Childhood Care and Education program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Gwinnett Tech’s Early Childhood Care and Education program currently offers four HOPE Career Grants. HOPE Career Grants provide free tuition assistance toward educational costs for eligible students enrolled in an approved designated program of study. Students must be eligible for, and receiving, the HOPE Grant or Zell Miller Grant to be awarded the HOPE Career Grant. It provides assistance with educational costs that are not covered by the HOPE or Zell Miller Grants.

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This program is offered at Gwinnett Tech's Alpharetta-North Fulton and Lawrenceville campuses.

Take the first step towards a career in Early Childhood Care and Education and apply for next semester! Important dates and deadlines are listed to get you started and if you're looking for ways to pay for your education, explore our scholarships for this program. You can also learn about our faculty and clubs and organizations to join!

Gwinnett Tech builds relationships with local subject-matter experts to develop advisory boards who provide feedback that ensures we deliver relevant industry-specific curriculum for today’s high-demand careers. See who serves on our Early Childhood Care and Education advisory board.

For more information on our degree, diploma and certificate programs available, please view the course catalog for Early Childhood Care and Education.

(#1) Number of Program Completers
Academic Year Number of Program Completers % of program completers who were attending full-time (at time of completion) % of program completers who were attending part-time (at time of completion)
2018 28 43% 57%
2017 31 77% 23%
2016 31 71% 29%
Sources: Awards Conferred by Program KMS TEC0109, Credit Hours by Program KMS TEC0136
(#2) Program Completion Rate
Academic year in which a Fall cohort of full-time students enrolled at the institution (select three sequential years) Percentage of those students who completed the program within 100% of the published timeframe Percentage of those students who completed the program within 150% of the published timeframe Percentage of those students who completed the program within 200% of the published timeframe
2014 13% 21% 25%
2013 11% 11% 11%
2012 0% 0% 5%
Sources: Awards Conferred by Program KMS TEC0109, All Credit Enrollment Students by Home Campus KMS TEC0126
(#3-B) Employment in Field or Further Education
Academic year Number of Graduates Number of Graduates (and % of total) who are employed in the early childhood profession within one year of graduation Number of Graduates (and % of total) who are pursuing further education in the early childhood profession within one year of graduation
2017 31 20 (64.5%) 0
2016 31 19 (61.2%) 2 (6.4%)
2015 27 12 (44.4%) 4 (14.8%)
Sources: Awards Conferred by Program KMS TEC0109

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