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.

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