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