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Child Development Associate (Certificate)

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Are you unsure of your career path, but feel you might like working with children? Would you like to “try out” what a possible education degree might be like, but not commit to an entire degree program? If so, our Child Development Associate certificate will fit you perfectly if this is your desired start for your career path.

The Child Development Associate Certificate will provide students with the introductory courses to determine if the field of education is truly for them. Even though this certificate is only nine credits, students will gaining professional knowledge, skills and abilities to benefit them early on in their career.

After graduating with this Child Development Associate Certificate, recipients will be prepared to work toward the Child Development Associate [CDA] credential. All graduates will also be prepared for any number of entry-level positions related to the child care profession.

Program Objectives

  1. Create healthy, safe, supportive, respectful, and challenging environments for all children based on an understanding of child development and learning (NAEYC standard 1).
  2. Demonstrate respectful, reciprocal relationships with families and communities in order to empower families in children's learning and development and adapt learning experiences to address the diversity found in child development, family structures, and society (NAEYC standard 2).
  3. Engage in authentic responsible use of observation, documentation, assessment, and evaluation in order to inform teaching, to identify child needs and strengths, and to determine family and community needs and strengths thus enhancing child learning and development (NAEYC standard 3).
  4. Plan, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate learning experiences for all children from birth through 4th grade (NAEYC standard 4).
  5. Present a professional portfolio documenting professional credentialing, experiences in the field, hours spent in the field, competency level, and use it in a professional interview defining themselves as professionals in the field of early childhood education (NAEYC standard 5).
  6. Demonstrate and articulate early childhood education professional values, ethics, and philosophy (NAEYC standard 5).

Career Opportunities

  • Child Care Worker
  • Child Care Provider
  • Child Caregiver
  • Before and After School Daycare Worker
  • Nanny

Required Courses

  • ECE 101 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • ECE 110 - Child Development
  • ECE 250 - Children, Families, and Community

Minimum credits to earn Certificate: 9

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