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Basic Early Childhood Studies - Certificate

Certificate

Learn fundamental concepts in Early Care and Education. Courses focus on child development, learning and culture as well as teaching techniques, observation, and curriculum.

Program/Major/Concentration Codes: CRTECB/ECB/**** (see concentration codes below)

What can I do with this certificate?

Career options: Apply for the national Child Development Associate Credential; or meet the CDA equivalency, as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); or use the coursework to meet state Department of Health Service professional development requirements.

Academic options: Continue your studies by applying your coursework towards the Advanced Early Childhood Studies Certificate and/or the Early Childhood Studies AAS.

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Program Requirements
  

Required Core Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
CDA 102 The Child's Total Learning Environment 1
CDA 103 Curriculum Planning and Schedule Development 1
ECE 115 Supervision and Administration of Early Childhood Programs 3
CDA 121 Techniques for Observing Children 1
CDA 155 Understanding How Children Learn and Develop 1
CDA 161 Principles of Social Competence 1
CDA 222 Elements of Children's Culture 1
Subtotal 9

Core Concentrations

Complete courses from one of the following concentrations

Course # Course Title Credits
Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) Preparation Concentration (Concentration Code: ECBC)
CDA 229 Child Development Associate Assessment Preparation 3
ELEC Any 100-level or above CDA or ECE courses 4
Subtotal 7
Early Childhood Foundations Concentration (Concentration Code: ECBF)
ECE 117 Child Growth and Development 3
ELEC Any 100-level or above CDA or ECE courses 4
Subtotal 7
Total 16