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Early Childhood Edu Cert

Early Childhood Education Certificate

Purpose: The Early Childhood Education certificate program is designed to prepare individuals for employment in a variety of situations where care and maintenance of young children is the primary objective. Practitioners already employed in the child care function may find this program appropriate for upgrading and broadening their paraprofessional abilities and qualifications.

Occupational Objectives: Preparation of upgrading for positions as child care assistants (or aides) in the following types of facilities:

Child Care Centers
Residential Facilities
Day Care Centers
Family Day Care Homes
Nursery (pre-kindergarten)

Admission Requirements: In addition to requirements for general admission to the College, a personal interview with the program head is necessary.

Curriculum Requirements: The program combines a blend of general education courses with specialized courses intended to provide preparation in the areas most directly applicable to the child-care function. Additionally, the Coordinated Internship courses provide an opportunity for individualized practicum in the type of work situation in which the student is particularly interested. Students may carry either the full curriculum to receive the certificate in one year or may take a lesser number of courses suitable to their own schedule and complete the curriculum over a longer period of time.

Course NumberCourse TitleLecture HoursLab HoursCourse Credits
First Semester
CHD 145Teaching Art, Music and Movement to Children223
CHD 118Language Arts for Young Children223
CHD 120Introduction to Early Childhood Education303
ENG 101Practical Writing I303
SDV 100College Success Skills101
Second Semester
CHD 146Math, Science and Social Studies for Children223
CHD 215Models for Early Childhood Education Programs303
CHD 165Observ. & Participation. in Early Childhood/Primary Settings163
ENG 102Practical Writing II303
HLT 135Child Health and Nutrition303
HLT 100First Aid & Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation202

Total Minimum Credits for Early Childhood Education Certificate 30

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Education Path

Degree: Certificate
Program Code: 634-01
Program Length: 1 Year – 2 Semesters
Minimum Credits: 30
Distance Learning Option Available
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Program Advisor
Kimberly Austin
Russell Hall Room 132