Early Childhood Development Certificate (632)

Award: Early Childhood Development Certificate

Gainful Employment

Length: Variable (Designed for both part-time and full-time students)

Lead Faculty/Program Head:

Purpose: The Early Childhood Development Certificate is designed to prepare individuals for employment in the care, direction, and education of young children. Individuals already employed in the child care area may upgrade and expand their skills and training through this program. This curriculum will also help prepare individuals for CDA (Child Development Associate) Credentialing.

Occupational Objectives

  • Child Care Centers
  • Day Care Centers
  • Family Day Care Homes
  • Head Start Programs

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements of the College, entry into the Early Childhood Development Certificate curriculum requires proficiency in reading, basic arithmetic, standard written English, and computer usage as measured by the placement tests offered at the College. Students who are not proficiencies must correct their deficiencies through developmental courses or the needed computer courses ( i.e. ITE 101 and115). Moreover, students are advised that the Code of Virginia restricts who may legally provide child care in Virginia. Most agencies require a criminal background check through the Virginia State Police Department and a child abuse or neglect check through the Virginia Department of Social Services before employment involving contact with young children. In addition, some child care facilities and schools may require proof of specific vaccinations and health related tests for students to complete their supervised workplace experiences. Program Requirements: Candidates for the Early Childhood Development Certificate must successfully complete all required courses, must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all CHD courses, and must complete a minimum of 20 hours of observation and/or direct involvement with young children in a child care or early childhood educational facility.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Early Childhood Development Certificate Program, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize the stages of early childhood development.
  2. Illustrate developmentally appropriate techniques and methods for encouraging the development of language, literacy, math, science and social studies.
  3. Utilize the arts and other creative developmentally appropriate activities for young children.
  4. Use developmentally appropriate practices to plan activities to stimulate the logical thinking skills in children.

Course Schedule

Course Number, Title, Credits

Fall Term
CHD 120 Introduction to Early
Childhood Education 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
MTH 121 Fundamentals of Mathematics1 3
PSY 235 Child Psychology 3
CST 100 Speech Elective 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total 16

Spring Term
CHD 118 Language Arts for Young Children 3
CHD 145 Teaching Art, Music and
Movement to Children 3
CHD 146 Math, Science and Social
Studies for Children 3
CHD 205 Guiding the Behavior of Children 3
HLT 135 Child Health and Nutrition 3
Total 15

Total Minimum Credits 31

1 Recommend MTH 151 or MTH 163 for students planning to
continue for AAS Degree