Child Development Specialist

Certificate Program
CD61

Program Description
The purpose of this technical certificate is to provide the necessary skills for entry-level employment as a child development specialist. Skill areas include planning a safe and healthy learning environment, steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development, positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development; strategies to establish productive relationships with families, strategies to manage an effective program operation, professionalism; observing and recording children’s behavior, principles of child growth and development, and planning and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum. Technical courses apply to the degree or diploma program in early childhood. This certificate does not qualify for financial aid as it does not meet minimum hour requirements.  (Program Length: 2 Semester Minimum)

Students applying for this program must be accepted into the Early Childhood degree or diploma program.

Employment Opportunities
Early childhood care and education assistant teacher or aide


COURSE TITLE NUMBER CREDITS

Essential Technical Courses

 

15

Intro to Early Childhood Care & Education

ECCE 1101

3

Child Growth and Development

ECCE 1103

3

Health, Safety, and Nutrition

ECCE 1105

3

Curriculum and Assessment

ECCE 1112

3

Early Childhood Care & Ed. Practicum

ECCE 1121

3

 

Total Hours

15

**Suggested First Semester classes: ECCE 1101, ECCE 1103, and ECCE 1105