Early Childhood Care & Education
Ogeechee Technical College

Early Childhood program flyer cover


Meet the Faculty

Paula Clifton, M.Ed.

Early Childhood Care & Education Director, National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) Senior Advisor

Office: Rm 322
Joseph E. Kennedy Bldg.

Ms. Clifton taught in the public school system for over 10 years. She holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a Reading Endorsement from Armstrong University.  Mrs. Clifton has taught as a teacher in childcare, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 4th grade, and Reading Recovery with emphasis in Guided Reading, Early Intervention (EIP),  ESOL, and Interventionist. Mrs. Clifton teaches with a commitment to creating a rich, multimedia environment through integrated and meaningful real-world application to develop effective learning practices.

Program Goals

The goals of the Early Childhood Care and Education program are to:

  1. Provide education which acknowledges individual differences and respects the rights of individuals to seek fulfillment of educational needs.

  2. Provide education which develops the potential of each student to become a productive, responsible, and upwardly mobile member of the greater educational community.

  3. Provide an environment which encourages the individual to benefit and contribute as a partner in the economic progress, development, and stability of the surrounding communities.

  4. Provide quality education related to early childhood development and care in an atmosphere that fosters interest in and enthusiasm for learning.

  5. Prepare graduates to function as accountable and responsible members within their chosen profession.

  6. Prepare program graduates with the highest level of competence possible given the constraints of the interests and ability levels of the individual.

  7. Foster employer participation, understanding, and confidence in the instructional process at OTC and confidence in the competence of the Early Childhood Care and Education program graduates.


Programs of Study

Early Childhood Care and Education AAS Degree*
Early Childhood Care and Education Diploma*
Child Development Specialist Certificate
Early Childhood Care and Education Basics Certificate
Early Childhood Program Administration Certificate

*Denotes Title IV eligible program (PELL).


Program Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Early Childhood Care & Education program is to provide educational opportunities to individuals that will enable them to obtain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to succeed in the field of Early Childhood Care & Education. The program emphasizes a combination of developmentally appropriate practices necessary for successful employment.


Program Courses

ECCE 1101 - Introduction to Early Childhood Care and Education
ECCE 1103 - Child Growth and Development
ECCE 1105 - Health, Safety and Nutrition
ECCE 1112 - Curriculum Development
ECCE-1113 - Creative Activities
ECCE 1121 - Early Childhood Care and Education Practicum
ECCE 2115 - Language and Literacy
ECCE 2116 - Math and Science
ECCE 2201 - Exceptionalities
ECCE 2202 - Social Issues and Family Involvement
ECCE 2203 - Guidance and Classroom Management
ECCE 2245 - Early Childhood Care and Education Internship 1
ECCE 2246 - Early Childhood Care and Education Internship 2
ECCE 2310 - Paraprofessional Methods and Materials
ECCE 2312 - Paraprofessional Roles and Practices
ECCE 2320 - Program Administration and Facility Management
ECCE 2322 - Personnel Management