Early Childhood Education – Certificate
The Early Childhood Associate curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from infancy through middle childhood in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.
Course work includes child growth and development; physical/nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communication skills with parents and children. Students will foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional, and creative development of young children.
Graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in early childhood setting. Employment opportunities include child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start Programs, and school-age programs.
Program Learning Outcomes
P1: Learning Environment
Students will be able to plan a safe, healthy learning environment in diverse educational programs.
P2: Developmental Assessment
Students will be able to appropriately observe, document, and assess the development of cognitive/language skills, physical/motor skills, social/emotional skills& creativity for children ages 3-5
P3: Curriculum Design
Students will be able to design a developmentally-appropriate curriculum that supports individual differences.