Certificate, Career Program
This program is designed to give students preparation for a number of positions in early childhood education. Students will acquire the skills and knowledge to allow them to work directly or indirectly with young children aged birth through eight years. Methods, observing behavior, psychology, communications, and appropriate developmental practice are emphasized. Credits in this program partially fulfill the requirements in the Early Childhood Studies A.A.S. degree program.
Graduates have the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to obtain entry-level employment in early childhood settings; to have developmentally appropriate interactions with children, ages 0-8; and to meet the needs of these children and their families. For students already working in the early childhood education field, an opportunity exists through this program to meet eligibility requirements for the Child Development Associate credential (CDA). The CDA is a nationally accepted credential for those working with young children. Contact the Coordinator of the CDA program for more information.
While not a specific program requirement, in order to graduate from this program students must demonstrate the math skills necessary to enter MATH 1015, Introductory Algebra. Based on assessment, students may need to successfully complete MATH 0960, Basic Math Skills, to fulfill the graduation requirement. It is essential to discuss this with an adviser.
For program assistance, see an adviser or the program coordinator.
High school or equivalent preparation required: No special requirements.