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Certificate in Early Childhood Education

Total Credit Hours: 30


About Certificate in Early Childhood Education

Early childhood educators and caregivers work in Head Start programs, childcare centers, family home care programs, elementary schools, social services programs, and health care services. These professionals plan and implement appropriate experiences for young children in areas such as language, health, movement, creativity, thinking, problem solving, self-concept and social behavior. They also supervise children's activities, care for their needs, keep records of their progress, and confer with parents and other professionals.

The Certificate in Early Childhood Education is closely aligned with national standards and meets Head Start requirements for classroom aides. Only technical requirement courses that have a grade of "C" or better will be counted towards the Certificate.


Technical Requirements

Course #

Course Name

Credits

CD 140

Environments for Young Children

3

CD 180

Language Arts in Early Childhood

3

ED 231

Introduction to Exceptionalities

3

CD 240

Cognitive & Creative Development in Early Childhood

3

CD 260

Social & Emotional Development

3

CD 292

ECE Practicum

3

Choose 1 course from the following

CD 221

Child Growth & Development

3

ED 220

Human Growth & Development

Choose 1 course from the following

CD 110

Early Childhood Education Orientation

3

ED150

Introduction to Teaching

Related General Education & Technical Requirements

Course #

Course Name

Credits

 

Education based elective

3

 

Education based elective

3

Total

6

Certificate Total

30


General Requirements for Certificates

Effective fall Semester 2003, several academic policy changes were implemented to ensure that students are adequately prepared to meet business and industry standards. All Undeclared or newly Declared Students enrolled in regularly scheduled postsecondary courses must be enrolled in or must have completed developmental coursework for Math and English or have successfully placed into post-secondary Math and English (or equivalent).
 
Students must fulfill the English general education requirement by the time they have enrolled in 12 credits of classes. This means that students may take only nine (9) credits before they must begin meeting the general education requirements. All declared students in Certificate programs will be required to successfully complete minimum general education course requirements. For more information, refer to the Admissions Information, General Education Policy section of this catalog.
 
A. General Education Requirements
Students must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, understanding and speaking English as indicated by one of the following:
Test out of the English Placement Test (or equivalent), or
Satisfactory completion of EN096 or EN097 courses
and
Test out of the Math Placement Test (or equivalent), or
Satisfactory completion of MA096 or MA098 courses
 
B. Technical Requirements
Total Technical Requirements vary by program.
 
C. Related General Education & Technical Requirements
Total related General Ed/Technical Requirements vary by program.
 
Minimum Total Credits Required for a Certificate           30
* No course may be counted for both Technical Major and Science/Technology General Education requirements.
** Placement testing is not mandatory for admission to the College. Completion of placement testing, however, is required for enrollment into English and mathematics courses. Therefore, students who plan to enroll full-time in a program should take the placement test to be eligible for a full load of courses.



Upon successful completion of the Certificate in Early Childhood Education program, students will be able to:
  1. Advocate appropriate practices for children, model professionalism, and demonstrate ethical conduct based on guidelines from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
  2. Effectively and respectfully communicate with students, staff and families including those from diverse backgrounds and special populations.
  3. Implement various developmentally and age-appropriate teaching, assessment and guidance strategies needed to effectively work with young children from birth to age eight.

ED231 Introduction to Exceptionalities

This course provides students with an introduction to exceptionalities. An overview of all aspects of exceptionality including etiology, legal aspects, assessment, and service delivery will be provided. Formerly: Introduction to Exceptional Children

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CD140 Environments for Young Children

This course provides students with strategies in promoting the health, safety and nutrition of young children in the childcare settings.  This includes safety and health assessments, taking care of ill children, meal planning, detecting child abuse and neglect, working with families, and planning activities for young children that teach health, safety and nutrition.

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CD180 Language Arts in Early Childhood

Students will develop knowledge and skills of language development in young children, including oral and written language.  Emphasis is placed on planning and implementation of activities which enhance and develop language and literacy skills. In addition, students will develop resources and materials that are appropriate to teach language arts to young children.

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Certificate in Sign Language Interpreting

The Certificate in Sign Language Interpreting is designed to train individuals to become Sign Language Interpreters and facilitators of communication for the Deaf. The program combines theoretical and practical learning experiences that will further develop the students’ linguistic knowledge and understanding of American Sign Language (ASL), as well as their awareness of Deaf culture

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Associate of Arts in Education

The Associate of Arts in Education is designed to provide entry-level training for persons interested in working in educational settings. The program also serves as a career/educational ladder for those interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in the field.  Students may choose from two areas of concentration:  Bachelor Foundation and/or Pre-Professional.  Emphasis is placed on students learning outcomes in a broad range of educational areas. Only technical requirement courses, which have a grade of “C” or better, will be counted towards the Associate degree.

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Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education

Early childhood pertains to children age eight and below. Early childhood educators work in Head Start programs, childcare centers, family home care programs, elementary schools, social services programs, and health care services. These professionals plan and implement appropriate experiences for young children in areas such as language, health, movement, creativity, cognitive, self-concept and social behavior. They also supervise children’s activities, care for their needs, keep records of their progress, and confer with parents and other professionals.

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