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Purpose: The career studies 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 entry-level employment in settings such as day care centers, nursery schools, playground programs, foster homes, hospital playrooms, family day care facilities, in-home care, and other facilities offering services for preschool children. This Career Studies Certificate is designed to be an introduction to the field of early childhood education.

Admission Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements established for 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.

Early Childhood Development Curriculum:

Program Requirements   Credits
SDV 100 Or any approved SDV Course 1
ENG 111 College Composition 1 3
CHD 118 Methods and Materials in Language Arts for Children 3
CHD 120 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
CHD 145 Teaching Art, Movement, and Music to Children 3
CHD 146 Math, Science, Social Studies for Children 3
CHD 205 Guiding the Behavior of Young Children 3
HLT 135 Child Health and Nutrition 3
CHD 165 Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings 3
Total Minimum Credits   16

Suggested Sequence of Courses: The SDV 100 course and any required developmental reading coursework should be taken during the first semester of study.

Availability of Courses: The courses required for completion of the Career Studies 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.

The Early Childhood Development Certificate: All courses in the Early Childhood Development Career Studies Certificate are required courses for the certificate and associate degree programs.

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 Career Studies Certificate in Early Childhood Development. Contact the Early Childhood Development program coordinator for more information.