Early Childhood Development Career Studies Certificate

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The Early Childhood Development Career Studies Certificate is designed for students who plan to work with children from birth through age eight years using developmentally appropriate practices. The occupational titles represent examples of possible employment opportunities:  Child Care Center Teacher Assistant, Recreation Leader or Aide, or Substitute Teacher.

Certain criminal convictions will prohibit employment in all licensed child care settings. Students convicted of any felony or any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude/barrier crimes do not qualify for the Early Childhood Program at DCC. The lab facilities will not allow students to complete internship hours and students will not be able to meet the internship requirements for graduation.

Any student entering the program who has committed illegal offenses other than minor traffic violations should discuss these matters with the program coordinator for clarification. Also, students will be required to complete full criminal background tests and a TB test at their own cost.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Use appropriate positive guidance strategies with children in their care.
  2. Choose project and elective courses, with the help of the program advisor, to tailor learning towards possible career options in early childhood education.
  3. Adhere to Virginia’s Standards for Licensed Child Day Centers in the planning and evaluation of classroom and learning environments to endure the health, safety and nutrition of children.
  4. Assess children’s progress using informal observation
  5. Plan, implement and evaluate curriculum plans and learning environments for children based on developmental appropriateness and a thorough knowledge of child development.

Curriculum Map

Early Childhood Certificate graduates will be able to:

Required Course 1

Required Course 2

Required Course 3

Required Course 4

Required Course 5

Required Course 6

Outcome 1

Use appropriate positive guidance strategies with children in their care.

CHD 120

CHD 205

 

 

 

 

Outcome 2

Choose project and elective courses, with the help of the program advisor, to tailor learning towards possible career options in early childhood education.

EEE – CHD 166

EEE – CHD 118

CHD 120

 

 

 

Outcome 3

Adhere to Virginia’s Standards for Licensed Child Day Centers in the planning and evaluation of classroom and learning environments to ensure the health, safety and nutrition of children.

CHD 120

EDU 235

CHD 165

 

 

 

Outcome 4

Assess children’s progress using informal observation.

CHD 120

CHD 165

CHD 205

 

 

 

Outcome 5

Plan, implement and evaluate curriculum plans and learning environments for children based on developmental appropriateness and a thorough knowledge of child development.

CHD 120

CHD 145

CHD 205

 

 

 

Course Sequence

First Semester    
SDV 100  College Success Skills 1
CHD 120 Intro to Early Childhood Education 3
CHD 145 Teaching Art, Music & Movement to Children 3
CHD 205 Guiding Behavior of Young Children 3
EDU 235 Health, Safety, and Nutrition for Children 3
CHD 165 Observation & Participation in Early Childhood Settings 3
     
Total Minimum Credits for the Career Studies Certificate in Early Childhood Development 16

For more information consult the College Catalog.

Student Worksheet

United States Department of Education's Gainful Employment Disclosure