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Early Childhood Education

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: This program is designed to provide students with the basic skills needed in the care and development of young children in a variety of child care settings. The program provides training appropriate for persons entering the field of early childhood education, as well as in-service training for persons presently working in the field who wish to upgrade their skills. The program also offers a well-organized course of study for parents who wish to increase their understanding of child development.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Employment opportunities include preparation or upgrading skills for positions as child care center assistant directors, teachers or assistant teachers, aides, playroom attendants, home-based providers or day care workers, camp directors, and before- and after-school teachers in the following types of facilities: child day care centers, nursery schools, family day care homes, Head Start programs, recreational before- and after-school programs, hospital-based child care programs, pre-school at-risk programs, and pre-kindergarten church-sponsored programs.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: In addition to the general college curricular admission requirements, a personal interview with the program head is recommended. Students must attain a grade of “C” or higher in all courses completed in this program with CHD, EDU, and PSY course prefixes.

CURRICULUM:

COURSE

TITLE

LEC. HRS.

LAB. HRS.

CRS. CRE.

CHD 120

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

0

3

CHD 145

Teaching Art, Music, and Movement to Children

2

2

3

CHD 205

Guiding the Behavior of Children

3

0

3

EDU 235

Health, Safety and Nutrition Education

3

0

3

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General Education Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

14

2

15

Total Minimum Credits for Career Studies Certificate in Early Childhood Education 15

06.01.14

1 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design. Students may also take ENG 111.