Program: Early Childhood
Award: Career Studies Certificate
Plan Code: 221-636-01
Length: 16 credit hours; one semester for full-time students; variable for part-time students
Lead Faculty: Antoinette (Toni) Johnson
Gainful Employment Disclosure Information: Please see www.pdc.edu/future-students/gainful-employment/ to access gainful employment information for this program.
Purpose: This program is designed as an introduction to the field, providing entry-level competencies documented by Virginia’s Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals. These competencies include health, safety and nutrition, understanding child growth and development, appropriate child observation and assessment, partnering with families and community, learning environment, effective interactions, program management, teacher qualifications and professional development curriculum.
Occupational Objectives: Upon completion of the 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 Early Childhood 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
- Create positive ways to build self-esteem in children and to help them develop self-control.
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 do not have these proficiencies must take developmental courses or the needed computer courses (i.e., ITE 101 and 115).
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. 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.
|Early Childhood (221-636-01)
Required Courses and Credits
|CHD 120||Introduction to Early Childhood Education||3|
|CHD 145||Teaching Art, Music and Movement to Children||3|
|CHD 205||Guiding the Behavior of Children||3|
|EDU 235||Health, Safety and Nutrition Education||3|
|SDV 100||College Success||1|
|CHD 165||Observation and Participation in Early Childhood Settings||3|
|Total Program Credits||16|