MGCCC Early Childhood Education Technology

Harrison County Campus
Jackson County Campus

Serve, Teach, and Guide Young Children in Early Educational Programs

About the Program

The Early Childhood Education Technology program provides preparation for a professional career in Early Childhood Education spanning a variety of career options.

Through the program, the Harrison County Campus offers child care to MGCCC students at the at the Early Childhood Education Center.  Early Childhood Education Technology students gain experience under the guidance and supervision of trained and certified instructors and center staff.  In addition, the centers provide excellent child care for the children of MGCCC students that is both affordable and convenient.

The Early Childhood Education Technology program includes classroom instruction, supervised laboratory experiences, and work-based learning experiences. Students will develop competencies that enable them to provide services, teach, and guide young children in various early childhood professions.

This curriculum meets the National Association for the Education of Young Children Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation and the Mississippi Department of Education Standards and Guidelines for Pre-Kindergarten (3- and 4-year-olds). *The content for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is embedded in the Early Childhood Education Technology course work.

Review NC-SARA: Accepted College Licensure or Certifications by Educational Program & State to learn what states outside of Mississippi accept this program licensure.

Salary Range

In Mississippi, the median salary is $22,320. Nationally, the income range is $19,970 – 54,780.

Career Opportunities

Jobs are available for all students who complete this discipline in:

  • Public, private, corporate, or parochial early childhood education programs
  • Public and private childcare centers
  • Recreational and hospital childcare centers

Degree Options and Requirements

The Early Childhood Education Technology curriculum is a 2-year discipline that requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of course work. Successful completion of the Early Childhood Education Technology curriculum results in the students receiving a Career Certificate, Technical Diploma Child Development Assistant Infant and Toddler Certificate of Proficiency, a Child Development Assistant Pre-school Certificate of Proficiency, and/or an Associate in Applied Science degree.

This program leads to an Associate of Applied Science Degree and is preparatory for employment upon graduation from MGCCC. Where a transfer to four-year college or university is desired, a conference should be scheduled with a MGCCC advisor.

All students completing a career or technical program must complete a MGCCC Board- approved Technical Skills Attainment where applicable. Students should see an advisor for further details.


Students must comply with Mississippi State Department of Health Licensure Division regulations requiring a complete criminal background check and fingerprinting. Students must meet with an advisor upon admission to the CDT program for appropriate paperwork and signatures.

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Early Childhood Education Technology Coursework

For class times, visit the MGCCC class schedules.

Early Childhood Education Technology Certificate

Semester One

Course Credit(s)
CDT 1113 - Early Childhood Profession 3
CDT 1214 - Infant and Toddler Development 4
CDT 1313 - Creative Arts for Young Children 3
CDT 1343 - Child Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
CDT 2233 - Guiding Social and Emotional Behavior 3

Semester Two

Course Credit(s)
CDT 1224 - Preschool and Primary Development 4
CDT 1713 - Language and Literacy Development for Young Children 3
CDT 2714 - Social Studies, Math, and Science for Young Children 4
CDT 2913 - Initial Practicum 3

Total Credits: 30/31

Early Childhood Education Technology Diploma

Semester Three

Course Credit(s)
CDT 2413 - Development of the Exceptional Child 3
CDT 2613 - Methods, Materials, and Measurement 3
CDT 2813 - Administration of Programs for Young Children 3
CDT 2513 - Family Dynamics and Community Involvement 3
CDT 2943 - Advanced Practicum 3

Total Credits: 15

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Semester Four

Course Credit(s)
ENG 1113 / 1114 English Composition I or ENG 1033 Technical English 3/4
SPT 1113 - Public Speaking I or LLS 1721 - Employment Readiness and SPT 2172 - Interpersonal Communication 3
Math/Natural Science Elective 3/4*
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3

Total Credits: 14/17


Please refer to “The Credit by Non-Traditional Means” regarding stipulations for receiving articulated credit.

* MAT 1033, MAT 1313 or higher or any laboratory science.

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