Purpose: The Certificate program in Early Childhood Development is designed to provide students with practical skills and theoretical knowledge related to the care, development and guidance of young children. The curriculum addresses the intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and creative growth of young children. Graduates will be prepared to seek employment involving the care and education of young children in settings such as Head Start, day care centers, nursery schools, family day care homes, and other specialized settings.
The Certificate provides greater depth and breadth of knowledge than the Career Studies Certificate and positions students to pursue the Associate Degree Early Childhood Development.
The Early Childhood Development Programs are a “career lattice” building upon each level of certification to earn a higher credential. These programs are essentially standardized throughout the VCCS with only minor differences in general course requirements.
Occupational Objectives: Graduates will be prepared to seek employment involving the care and education of young children in settings such as Head Start, day care centers, nursery schools, family day care homes, and other specialized settings.
Admission Requirements: In addition to the general requirements for admission to the College, all entering students will be required to take placement tests in math, writing, and reading to aid in placing students in the appropriate courses. Students who do not meet required placement levels must enroll in developmental studies courses.
Program Requirements: The curriculum includes courses in childhood development, health, and general education. Instruction includes both theoretical concepts and practical applications for future success in childcare occupations.
Early Childhood Development Curriculum:
|SDV 100||Student Development||1|
|ENG 111||College Composition I||3|
|CHD 118||Methods and Materials in Language Arts for Children||3|
|CHD 120||Introduction to ECE||3|
|CHD 145||Art, Music and Movement||3|
|CHD 146||Math, Science, Social Studies for Children||3|
|CHD 205||Guiding Behavior||3|
|CHD 210||Introduction to Exceptional Children||3|
|HLT 135||(or EDU 235) Child Health and Nutrition||3|
|PSY 235||Child Psychology||3|
|Total Minimum Credits||28|
Math Requirement: Prior to graduation from the Certificate program, students must complete MTE 1-3.
Suggested Sequence of Courses: The SDV 100 course and any required developmental reading or math coursework should be taken during the first semester of study. Students taking ENF 2 may also take CHD 125. Developmental English coursework may also be required prior to taking ENG 111.
Availability of Courses: The courses required for completion of the Certificate in Early Childhood Development are offered at various times throughout the academic year. Not all required courses are offered every semester. Not all courses are offered at all campus locations. Students interested in completing the Certificate in Early Childhood Development should make an appointment with the Early Childhood Development program coordinator to discuss the variety of options available for completing the required course work.
The Early Childhood Development AAS Degree: All courses in the Early Childhood Development Certificate fulfill requirements for the AAS degree in Early Childhood Development.
Scholarship Opportunities: The Virginia Child Care Provider Scholarship Program, the TEACH VA program and federal financial aid programs can provide most of the funds necessary to complete the Certificate in Early Childhood Development. Contact the Early Childhood Development program coordinator for more information.