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NRCC Title

Certificate Program

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 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)

Class Number Class Title Credits
CHD 120 Introduction to Early Childhood¹
3
CHD 125 Creative Activities for Children¹ 3
ENG 111 College Composition I
3
HLT 135 Child Health & Nutrition²
3
SDV 100 College Success Skills
1
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology
3

16

Second Semester (Spring)

Class Number Class Title Credits
CHD 205 Guiding the Behavior of Children
3
CHD 210 Introduction to Exceptional Children
3
CHD 290 Coordinated Internship in Early Childhood²
3
CHD ___ Elective
3
HLT 100 First Aid and CPR
3
PSY 235 Child Psychology 3

18
Total Minimum Credits

34


Footnote:
¹CHD 120 is a prerequisite/corequisite for all other CHD courses.
²CHD 120, CHD 125 and HLT 135 are prerequisites for CHD 290.

Note:
Internships for Early Childhood Certificate must be approved by program head.

 


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