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Early Childhood Education Certificate (R): 177

Revised: Effective Semester — Fall 2008

This certificate curriculum is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of child care settings with children from infancy through age eight. The curriculum consists of a core of 18 credit hours directly related to early childhood education. The curriculum is designed to be completed within two semesters or over a longer period of time if a student chooses. Students may apply earned credits toward an A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education.

First Semester
ED 120 Child Growth and Development 3
ED 125 Child Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
EN 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
PY 102 General Psychology 3
SP 108 Introduction to Human Communication 3
Second Semester
ED 121 Curriculum Planning in Early Childhood Education 3
ED 122 Practicum in Early Childhood Education 3
ED 123 Infant and Toddler Development and Curriculum Planning  


ED 124  School-Age Child Care 3
ED 126 Observation and Assessment of Young Children 3
ED 200 Children's Literature 3
Total credit hours  30
Program Outcomes for the Early Childhood Education Certificate

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Describe theories and principles of child development and learning. Apply the theories and principles to the classroom teaching.
  • Use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in observing and working with children.
  • Apply developmentally appropriate teaching practices and guidance approaches to enhance children’s learning and development.
  • Develop and implement curriculum plans to promote children’s learning in the areas of physical/motor, social, emotional, cognitive, and language development.
  • Be reflective practitioners to reflect and use the most effective methods of guidance and teaching when working with children.
  • Demonstrate written, verbal, critical thinking, and problem solving skills which will allow them to effectively make connections between prior knowledge/experience and new learning.
  • Teach young children in an early childhood setting with the required disposition, knowledge, skills, and competencies.
  • Work on the A.A.S. degree with good standing of the required content areas.

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