Purpose: The one-year
certificate program in Early Childhood Development is designed to prepare
students with skills related to the care, supervision, education, and development
of young children from birth to age eight. There is also the ability to
become qualified to work with children up to the age of twelve in programs
that serve before and after school and recreational programs.
Employment opportunities include preparation or upgrading of skills for
positions as childcare center directors, assistant directors, teachers
or assistant teachers, aides, playroom attendants, home based providers
or day care workers, camp directors, and before and after school teachers
in the following types of facilities: child day care centers, nursery
schools, family day care homes, Head Start programs, recreational before
and after school programs, hospital based childcare programs, pre-school
at risk programs, and pre-kindergarten church-sponsored programs.
Requirements: General college curricular admission
In addition to the general college curricular admission requirements, all
entering students will be required to take placement tests in math and
English to aid placement in the appropriate courses. Students who do
not meet required placement levels must enroll in developmental studies
courses. It is recommended that students arrange for a personal interview
and advising appointment with the program head.
observation and participation
in an approved early childhood/primary setting is required in the second semester of the
Early Childhood curriculum. This is a practicum experience
internship in a licensed or approved child care setting. It is a planned learning experience for the
purpose of pulling together the theories and practice learned in the classroom.
A Criminal Record Clearance/Sex Offender Registry Check is required for
placement and volunteering. Students should see the program head for a list of convictions
that will prevent employment. Students will be expected to complete a
tuberculosis test before practicum placement.
attain a grade of "C" or higher in all courses with CHD, PSY, and EDU
have a valid first aid and CPR certificate in order to be eligible for graduation.
Valid cards must be filed with the program head or central admissions office
prior to expiration and graduation.
Requirement: Students in this program will
meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing
Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer
competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in
which case they will receive college credit for
Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only