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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education Technology, A.A.S.

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Win Maxey-Shumate, Program Coordinator/Instructor

The Early Childhood Education Technology Program provides preparation for a professional career in the discipline of Early Childhood Education. This 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, ages birth to eight, in various childhood professions and career options.

Early Childhood Education Technology is a two-year program that requires a minimum of 66 semester hours of coursework. Successful completion of the Early Childhood Education Technology curriculum results in the student receiving a Career Certificate, a Technical Certificate, and/or an Associate of Applied Science degree. This curriculum meets the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation and the Mississippi Department of Education Early Learning Standards for Infants through Four-Year-Old Children. The program offers students the opportunity to apply for a Child Development Assistant Infant and Toddler Certificate of Proficiency and a Child Development Assistant Pre-school Certificate of Proficiency. *The content for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is embedded in the Early Childhood Education Technology coursework.

Jobs are available for students who complete this program in public, private, corporate, or parochial early childhood education programs, including those in public and private child care centers that serve children of all socioeconomic levels and abilities.

Courses may be offered as hybrid courses in the evenings and during the summer; however, in order to enroll, the student must be employed in a child care center or approved field.

Transfer students from other Early Childhood Education Technology programs must have a letter of recommendation from the Program Coordinator at their previous school and take at least twelve (12) hours or three (3) Early Childhood Education classes at Meridian Community College prior to enrolling in Initial and/or Advanced Practicums.

Minimum admission requirements (in addition to general college admissions requirements):

Attain a 15 composite score on the ACT;


Score a 230 or higher on the ACCUPLACER NG Reading Section and a 230 or higher on the ACCUPLACER NG Arithmetic Section;


Earn a “C” or above in ENG 0124 - Intermediate English and Reading ;


Complete 15 semester hours of general education coursework with an average of “C” or above at an accredited college or university. Developmental coursework does not satisfy this requirement;


Attend an orientation session with the program coordinator after all other requirements are met.

Students entering the program for the first time must contact the program coordinator prior to enrolling in any early childhood education courses.

All students admitted into the program will be required to pay for fingerprinting and background checks, which will be done after admission and prior to practicum classes. These fees will be attached as registration fees. There are certain convictions that will prevent an individual from being eligible to participate in this program. If a student is unable to participate in practicum classes, he/she will be dismissed from the program. For additional information, contact the program coordinator.

All students must have their Health 121 Form and Fingerprint clearance letter on file with the program coordinator.

Progression: To meet graduation requirements for this program, students must successfully complete the specified courses listed below with a “C” average (GPA of 2.00) or better. A grade of “C” or higher is required in each CDT course to progress in the program.

To be considered full-time, students in the Early Childhood Education Technology Program must be enrolled in 15 or more semester credit hours at MCC.

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