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College Catalog: Education: Advanced Early Childhood

Program: Advanced Early Childhood
Award: Career Studies Certificate
Plan Code: 221-636-03
Length: 12 credits; one semester for full-time students; variable for part-time student
Lead Faculty: Antoinette (Toni) Johnson

Purpose: This program is designed for students seeking employment or presently employed in child care who desire to increase their knowledge of young children.

Occupational Objectives: Upon completion of the Advanced Early Childhood Career Studies Certificate graduates possess the knowledge and skills required for entry into Early Childhood Educational facilities such as, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, family day care homes, and preschool programs.

Program Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the Career Studies Certificate, students will be able to:

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

Admission Requirements: In addition to the general admission requirements of the College, entry into the Early Childhood Development Certificate curriculum requires proficiency in basic arithmetic and English. Students who are not proficient in these subjects are required to correct their deficiencies through developmental courses.

Program Requirements: 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.

Advanced Early Childhood (221-636-03)
Required Courses and Credits
CHD 118 Language Arts for Young Children 3
CHD 146 Math, Science and Social Studies for Children 3
CHD 210 Introduction to Exceptional Children 3
CHD 216 Early Childhood Programs, Schools, and Social Change 3
Total Program Credits 12