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Early Childhood Education – Preschool: Certificate Program

The Early Childhood Certificate is a concentration under the Early Childhood Associate. The certificate prepares individuals to work with children birth through middle childhood (age eight) in diverse learning environments. Course work includes child growth and development, physical/nutritional needs of young children, physical/motor skills, social/emotional, and creative development.

Certificate graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs for infants and children through age eight. Employment opportunities include childcare programs, preschools, public and private schools. Head Start programs, developmental day programs, and school-age programs. Students who complete this certificate may apply for the National Preschool Child Development Associate (CDA Credential: NC Community College Track).

Students may be required to take one or more developmental courses as a result of pre-enrollment placement tests; therefore, the student may need more than the minimum number of semester hours listed for graduation. Developmental courses for this program may include Readiness Level Reading, English, and/or Math and other courses in developmental Reading, English, Math, Biology and Chemistry.

Total Semester Credit Hours in Program: 18

Curriculum: 

Fall Semester

Intro to Early Child Education

Credit Hours: 

4.00
Child Guidance

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Health, Safety and Nutrition

Credit Hours: 

3.00

Spring Semester

Child, Family, and Community

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Child Development II

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Early Childhood Intro Practicum

Credit Hours: 

2.00