Program: Early Childhood Development (632)
Award: Certificate

Program Purpose:

This program prepares students to care for, supervise, and educate young children. Individuals already working in the field may upgrade and expand their skills through this program.

What will I learn?

Students successfully completing this program will be able to…

  • Recognize the stages of early childhood development.
  • Apply techniques and methods to encourage the development of language, literacy, math, science and social studies.
  • Utilize the arts and other creative activities for young children.
  • Plan developmentally appropriate activities to stimulate logical thinking.

How long will I need to be in college?

A college-ready student attending Camp full-time can complete this certificate in one academic year (two semesters).

What job or career can I get with this certificate?

Upon completion of the program, graduates will 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.

What is the job outlook for graduates from this program?

As of September 2019, total employment in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region was as follows:

  • Preschool Teacher was 2,343.Over the last three years, this field shed 27 jobs in the region (Source:Jobs EQ Occupation Report Preschool Teachers, December 2019).
  • Childcare Workers was 5,047.Over the last three years, this field added 156 jobs in the region (Source:Jobs EQ Occupation Report Childcare Workers, December 2019).
  • Teacher Assistants was 6,583.Over the last three years, this field shed 1 job in the region (Source:Jobs EQ Occupation Report Childcare Workers, December 2019).

How much can I earn with this certificate?

 

Entry Level

Mean

Experienced

Preschool Teachers

$20,460

$31,490

$63,730

Childcare Worker

$17,500

$21,500

$23,600

Teacher Assistant

$18,500

$26,800

$30,900

(Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Wages, December 2019)

Want to know more?  Check out the program map and program requirements in the College Catalog.