Early Childhood Development
The Early Childhood Paraprofessional Technology (ECDT) A.A.S Degree Program is designed to provide childcare providers and instructional assistants with the knowledge and skills to meet the physical, mental, social, emotional, and developmental needs of young children, birth to age five.Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible for employment as childcare teachers, Head Start teachers, Early Head Start teachers and paraprofessionals for Head Start Programs, Early Head Start Programs, ABC Programs, and also kindergarten or elementary classrooms.
Students enrolled in Early Childhood Paraprofessional courses are required to undergo a Child Maltreatment Central Registry Check and a Criminal Background Check through the Arkansas Department of Human Services, and may be required to undergo drug testing, and have a TB test administered with results of a negative reading before participating in field and/or practicum experiences. Students are responsible for the fees associated with these examinations and background checks.
In order to graduate, a grade of "C" or better is required for all Early Childhood Paraprofessional major courses with an overall 2.00 or higher GPA.
The Early Childhood Paraprofessional Technology, A.A.S. Degree Program at Southeast Arkansas College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, www.naeyc.org. The accreditation term runs from March 2018 to March 2020.”