Jun 18, 2024  
Transfer Course Guide 
Transfer Course Guide

Piedmont Tech Early Care & Education (AAS) - Early Childhood and Family Studies (BS)

Federal CIP: 19.0701 Human Development and Family Studies, General

Early Childhood and Family Studies is an interdisciplinary program that prepares graduates to work in a variety of non-public school settings that serve children and families. Through this program, students acquire the values, knowledge, skills and dispositions within a “Christian ethic of care” necessary to positively impact contemporary families in the areas of early childhood and family studies.

Learning Outcomes

  • Know and understand young children’s characteristics and needs and the multiple influences on development and learning.
  • Know and understand family and community characteristics and support them through respectful and reciprocal relationships.
  • Understand the goals, benefits and uses of assessment and practice responsible assessment.
  • Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum in all curriculum areas.
  • Uphold ethical standards and professional guidelines and engage in informed advocacy for young children, their families and the early childhood profession.

Transfer of Associate Degree in Early Care and Education

If a student meets the criteria below, the student will be accepted without further review of credentials at Southern Wesleyan University into the BS in Early Childhood and Family Studies program:

  • The student has earned an Associate Degree in Early Care and Education from one of the NAEYC accredited programs offered by a college in the SC Technical College System.
  • The student’s collegiate, cumulative grade point average is a minimum of 2.0.

Core Curriculum and General Education Requirements (40-41 hours)  

Students earning a bachelor’s degree must complete all Core Curriculum and General Education requirements.

Piedmont Technical College Specified General Education Requirements

SWU General Education Course Credits PTC Course Equivalent (Minimum transfer grade of C- required)
CPSC 1103 Introduction to Computers and Information Processing 3 CPT 101 Introduction to Computers  
STAT 3123 Statistics or MATH 1053 Quantitative Reasoning 3 MAT 120 Probability and Statistics ; or MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics  
PSYC 2003 General Psychology 3 PSY 201 General Psychology  
SEMR 2323 Foundations for Success 3 ECD 135 Health, Safety and Nutrition  

Early Childhood and Family Studies Major Courses (41 hours)

Completion of EDRS 3073 and all ECFS major courses requires a minimum grade of C.

SWU Major Requirements Credits PTC Equivalent
ECFS 2743 The Study of Young Children 3 No equivalent
ECFS 3743 Curriculum and Instruction in ECE 3 ECD 237 Methods and Materials  
ECFS 3843 Parent Education 3 No equivalent
ECFS 4343 Organization and Administration of ECE Programs 3 No equivalent
EDRS 3073 R2S Content Area Reading and Writing for ECE/ELE 3 No equivalent
EDUC 3363 Behavior of the Preschool Child/Field Experience 3 ECD 105 Guidance-Classroom Management  
EDUC 3742 Methods of Teaching Creative Arts in General and Special Education 2 ECD 132 Creative Experiences  
ENGL 3043 Children’s Literature 3 No equivalent
PSYC 3113 Adolescent Psychology 3 ECD 203 Growth and Development II  
PSYC 3133 The Psychology of Adulthood and Aging 3 No equivalent
SOSC 2103 Sex, Courtship, and Marriage 3 No equivalent
SOSC 2513 Family Studies 3 ECD 108 Family and Community Relations  
SOSC 3073 Management Issues in the Helping Professions 3 No equivalent
Select one course from the following:    
PSYC 3753 Practical Counseling Skills 3 No equivalent
PSYC 3763 Multicultural Counseling 3 No equivalent

Professional Education Requirements (28 hours)

Completion of all ECFS professional education courses requires a minimum grade of C.

SWU Professional Education Requirements Credits PTC Course Equivalent
ECFS 4646 Child and Family Internship I 6 No equivalent
ECFS 4656 Child and Family Internship II 6 No equivalent
EDUC 1201 Cornerstone to Education 1 ECD 243 Supervised Field Experience I  
EDUC 2113 Foundations of Education 3 No equivalent
EDUC 2663 Effective Methods for ECE/Field Experience 3 ECD 101 Introduction to Early Childhood  
EDUC 3183 Ethics in Education 3 ECD 201 Principles of Ethics and Leadership in Early Care and Education  
EDUC 3203 Introduction to the Exceptional Child 3 ECD 107 Exceptional Children  
PSYC 3103 Child Psychology 3 ECD 102 Growth and Development I  

Electives (10-11 hours)

In addition to core curriculum and general education requirements (40-41 credit hours) and major course requirements, students must complete elective coursework appropriate to their degree.  A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for most bachelor’s degrees, including elective coursework.  Students are strongly encouraged to work with their advisor to identify courses that complement their program area.

SWU Equivalent Course Credits PTC Addtional Requirements
Elective 3 ECD 131 Language Arts  
EDUC 3033 Methods of Teaching ECE Math 3 ECD 133 Science and Math Concepts  
EDUC 1201 Cornerstone to Education or Elective 3 ECD 244 Supervised Field Experience II  


Core Curriculum and General Education Requirements 40-41 hours
Major Requirements 41 hours
Professional Education Requirements 28 hours
Electives 10-11 hours
Total 120 hours

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