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Early Childhood Development and Care Certificate

Program Description

This certiifcate program is designed to develop professional career skills in preparation for entry level positions in a variety of early childhood fields. Field work provides an opportunity to link theory with hands-on practice. Nine of the 12 courses in the certificate program directly relate to early childhood and all courses apply to the AAS degree in Early Childhood Development and Care.


Program Learning Outcomes

The successful graduate of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a firm foundation of knowledge in child development.
  • Understand essential concepts of developmentally appropriate practice in teaching young children.
  • Understand and value the importance of children's diverse families and communities, and how to use that knowledge to foster respectful, reciprocal relationships with children and their families.
  • Understand and uphold ethical standards and other professional guidelines in the field of early childhood, and engage in, practice that is both collaborative and reflective in college classrooms and through field assignments.

Additional Information

*This link should open the correct page in the current College Catalog, which is online in the form of PDF files. (You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.)