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Early Care and Education

Working with children in any capacity requires a mastery of many fields, but there are few careers quite as rewarding. Whether you are helping children to master the ABC song or teaching them their numbers, there’s no greater feeling than experiencing first-hand that “ah-ha” moment when the students get it!

Inspire and Instruct Future Generations

Our courses and on-site placements provide great learning experiences to help you better understand the physical, emotional, language and behavioral development of infants, toddlers and school-aged children. You’ll learn to develop age-appropriate education plans and to create settings that will foster learning for children, and ultimately, become a committed, capable, and compelled early care and education professional.

Schedule of Courses: Early Care and Education, A.A.S.

Certificates are also available as options within our ECE program. Learn more.


Our graduates are in high demand with 100% job placement rates to prove it! To view the ECE Program Outcomes Measures please use this link:

ECE Program Outcomes Measures


Program of Study Credential/Outcome Eligible for Financial Aid Course Scheduling Location
ABC Childcare Training Noncredit, CEU/Recertification Call 864-646-1700 Day,Weekend Pendleton
Certificate in Online Teaching Noncredit, Prof Dev Call 864-646-1700 Web-based w/Instructor Online
Certificate in Teaching Adults Noncredit, Prof Dev Call 864-646-1700 Web-based w/Instructor Online
Certified Online Instructor (COI) Noncredit, Prof Dev Call 864-646-1700 Web-based w/Instructor Online
Child Care Management Certificate Yes Day Pendleton
Early Care and Education Associate Degree Yes Day,Evening Anderson,Online,Pendleton
Early Care and Education Assistant Certificate Certificate Call 864-646-1700 Day,Evening Online,Pendleton
Early Childhood Development Certificate Yes Day,Evening Anderson,Online,Pendleton
Infant/Toddler Certificate Yes Day,Evening Pendleton
Special Needs Certificate Certificate Call 864-646-1700 Day,Evening Online,Pendleton
Teacher giving a science demo to a classroom of elementary school students

Additional Teacher Training 
Through our Corporate and Continuing Education Division, we offer several online courses to enhance the skills of K12 teachers. Courses include Gender in the Classroom, Generational Learning Styles, Online Learning and Teaching for K12 Teachers, Social Media and Online Tools for K12 Teachers, Students with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), and Substitute Teacher Preparation. 
Learn more at the Training for K12 Teachers section.

In the news: 
Learn about our MENTOR program

Career Pathways for Success

Career Pathways for Success 
Students who are still in high school may consider taking college courses now to get a jumpstart on completing your degree at Tri-County. View a sample pathway here.

Transfer Agreements

Transfer Agreements 
For students who wish to continue work toward a four-year degree, we encourage you to work with your advisor on the steps that are best for your plans. We do have agreements already in place for students to transfer seamlessly to Anderson University, The Citadel and Southern Wesleyan. Learn more about transfer options here.


T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® SOUTH CAROLINA provides scholarships for teachers, directors, owners, and family/group providers working in childcare to complete coursework in early childhood education. Learn more at

Students who earn credentials may be eligible for a Smart Money bonus through this organization as well. Tri-County’s program aligns with the following levels throughout this organization.


Our associate degree is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1313 L Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005-4101, Telephone: 202-232-8777.




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Division Office

(864) 646-1350
Pickens Hall, Room 101

Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Program Director:

Meredith Dickens
Telephone: (864) 646-1417

Academic Resource Specialist:

Katee Fletcher
Telephone: (864) 646-1508