Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of job can I get with the ECCE diploma/degree?
Here is a list of possible employment opportunities.
Head Start teaching assistant
GA Pre-K assistant teacher
Child Care Center lead teacher
Child Care Center administrator
Paraprofessional (public and private schools)
Special Needs assistant teacher
Family Home Day Care provider
Special Education Paraprofessional
YMCA childcare and after school
How long does it take to complete the program?
This completion time varies depending on several factors. If you must complete any learning support classes, that can add on an extra semester or two. Also how many classes are taken each semester? You can take up to 18 hours, but be sure not to overload your schedule; you want to be successful. We do have certificate programs which can be completed in one to three semesters. The diploma is 53 hours and the degree requires 72 hours for graduation. Most of the certificate and diploma classes can be transferred to the degree.
Can I become an elementary school teacher with this degree?
To become an elementary school teacher, you need a bachelor's degree and a teaching certificate. We do not offer bachelor's degrees at Lanier Tech College. We do offer an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education. For more information on this, please talk with an ECCE instructor.
How much does it cost to take these classes?
Some students will qualify for the HOPE grant. The HOPE grant covers most of the tuition cost for students in the diploma and certificate programs. Students in the degree programs may qualify for the HOPE scholarship. The HOPE scholarship does have more restrictions. Some students may also qualify for the PELL grant. You would need to contact a financial aid counselor to see what financial aid you qualify for.
How much money can I make in this field?
The salary in the ECCE field varies greatly. The range is approximately $14,000 to $40,000 a year.