At a Glance:

Advisors:
Gordon: Beatriz Stitzer
Beatriz Stitzer, Assistant Dean of Public Service Technologies
Office: 307
Phone: 706-378-1720
Email:
Campus: Gordon County Campus
Department: Early Childhood, Public Service Technology

Credentials

M.Ed., Berry College; B.S., Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN


Polk: Karon Futch
Karon Futch, Instructor of Early Childhood Education
Office: A113
Phone: 678-757-2638
Email:
Campus: Polk County Campus
Department: Early Childhood, Public Service Technology

Credentials

M.S., Walden University; B.S., University of West Georgia


Walker: Susan Kendrick
Susan Kendrick, Director of Early Childhood Care and Education
Office: 6108b
Phone: 706-764-3848
Email:
Campus: Walker County Campus
Department: Early Childhood, Public Service Technology

Credentials

Ed.S., Lincoln Memorial University; M.E., Berry College; B.S., Jacksonville State University

Early Childhood Exceptionalities (EC41)

Offered at the Following Campuses

  • Walker County Campus
  • Polk County Campus
  • Gordon County Campus

Program Overview

The Early Childhood Care and Education Exceptionalities TCC is a sequence of three courses designed to prepare students to work with students with special needs. The program emphasizes an inclusive classroom including strategies and activities for exceptional children (both low and high achieving students). Graduates have qualifications to be employed in early care and education settings including child care centers, Head Start, and Georgia Pre-K programs.

Course Overview

Credit Hours
Required Courses (9 hours)
ECCE
2201
3
Provides for the development of knowledge and skills that will enable the student to understand individuals with special needs and appropriately guide their development. Special emphasis is placed on acquainting the student with programs and community resources that serve families with children with special needs. Topics include inclusion/least restrictive environment (LRE), physical and motor impairments, gifted/talented, intellectual and cognitive disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, communication disorders in speech and language, autism spectrum disorders, visual impairments, deaf and hard of hearing, health impairments, multiple disabilities, and community resources.
Prepares child care providers and paraprofessionals with knowledge and skills in the areas of working effectively with children with a disability; working with families as partners; examining the laws and regulations; exploring resources, service providers, and agencies that may assist the child and his/her family; examining the adaptations and modifications to facilities and environments; reviewing the referral process; implementing inclusion; modifying instruction to accommodate the child with special needs; and investigating ways to document and chart observations.
Prepares child care providers and paraprofessionals with knowledge and skills for screening and assessing purposes; and explores resources, service providers, and agencies that may assist the child and families in educational or natural settings. Examines adaptations, accommodations, and modifications to environments; reviews the referral process; implements inclusion and modifies instruction to accommodate the child with special needs.