The Child Development short-term certificate provides students with a specialized comprehensive focus on preparation of applying for the Child Development Associate Credential. The sequence of courses support students with a broader understanding of child development, critical thinking skills, and practice through field experience.
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This certificate will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the certificate, please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.
Learn more about how certificate credits apply to the related degree.
Program Admission Requirements
Program Learning Outcomes
This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:
- Include and value children, families and communities, create respectful reciprocal relationships, support and involve all families in their children's development and learning.
- Use observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools for: planning curriculum, identifying special needs, deepening understanding of child development, communicating with families and professionals and improving teaching practices.
- Create an inviting and enriched environment that supports children's optimal growth and development within the context of group living.
- Design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all children.
- Integrate and use a variety of respectful, responsive teaching strategies.
- Demonstrate acceptance of all children and families, support cultural diversity, develop a program based on anti-biased principles and interact and relate to all persons in a responsive, respectful manner.
- Display positive leadership qualities within an early childhood environment.
- Use reflective and ethical practices in the classroom, advocate, access resources, practice appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication, listen and interact respectfully, use Standard English in writing and speaking.
- Support the diverse ways in which children learn by interpreting and applying knowledge of child growth and development.
Suggested Semester Sequence
|Summer Start||Credit Hours|
|ECED-1010||Introduction to Early Childhood Education: Children's Development and Programs||4|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|College Composition I|
|Honors College Composition I|
|ECED-1301||Language and Literacy in an Integrated Curriculum 1||3|
|ECED-2300||Child Behavior and Guidance||3|
|ECED-1860||Experience with Young Children in Early Childhood Settings||3|
|ECED-2401||Families, Communities, Schools||3|
|ECED-2600||CDA Professional Portfolio||1|
|Total Credit Hours||20|
ECED-1010 Introduction to Early Childhood Education: Children's Development and Programs can be taken concurrently.