Early Childhood Development Certificate

 

Award

Certificate

Length

Two-Semester (One-Year) Program

Purpose

The Early Childhood program is designed to prepare individuals for employment in a variety of situations in which care and development of young children are the primary objectives. Teachers already employed in child care may find this program appropriate for upgrading and broadening their skills and qualifications and providing training for promotion.

Occupational Objectives

Preparation or upgrading for positions such as assistant teachers (or aides) and home care providers in the following types of facilities:

Child Care Centers
Day Care Centers
Family Child Care Centers
Head Start Child Care Centers
On-Site Programs in Business
Pre-School At-Risk Programs

Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements for general admission to the college, a personal interview with the program head is highly recommended.

Program Requirements

The program combines a blend of general education courses with specialized courses intended to provide preparation in the areas most directly applicable to working with children. Additionally, the coordinated internship course provides an opportunity for an individualized practicum in the type of child care setting in which the student is particularly interested. Students will be required to go through an oral interview after internship for the college-wide assessment plan. Upon satisfactory completion of this program, the student will be awarded a Certificate in Early Childhood Development.

FIRST SEMESTER (Fall)

CHD

120

Introduction to Early Childhood

3

CHD

118

Methods & Materials in Language Arts for Young Children

3

ENG

111

College Composition I

3

PSY

235

Child Psychology

3

SOC

200

Principles of Sociology

3

SDV

106

Preparation for Employment

1

16

SECOND SEMESTER (Spring)

CHD

125

Creative Activities for Children

3

CHD

_____

Elective

3

CHD

205

Guiding the Behavior of Children

3

HLT

100

First Aid and CPR

3

HLT

135

Child Health and Nutrition

3

CHD

290

Coord. Internship in Early Childhood1

3

18


Total Minimum Credits
34

NOTES:

1 CHD 120 and CHD 118 are prerequisites for CHD 290.

Internships for Early Childhood Certificate must be approved by program head