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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Program Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Complete ENG-1010 College Composition I or ENG-101H Honors College Composition I
  • Complete ECED-1010 Introduction to Early Childhood Education: Children's Development and Programs with grade “C” or higher

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Include and value children, families and communities, create respectful reciprocal relationships, support and involve all families in their children's development and learning.
  2. 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.
  3. Create an inviting and enriched environment that supports children's optimal growth and development within the context of group living.
  4. Design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all children.
  5. Integrate and use a variety of respectful, responsive teaching strategies.
  6. 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.
  7. Display positive leadership qualities within an early childhood environment.
  8. 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.
  9. Support the diverse ways in which children learn by interpreting and applying knowledge of child growth and development.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Summer StartCredit 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  
 Credit Hours7
First Semester
ECED-1301 Language and Literacy in an Integrated Curriculum 1 3
ECED-2300 Child Behavior and Guidance 3
 Credit Hours6
Second Semester
ECED-1860 Experience with Young Children in Early Childhood Settings 3
ECED-2401 Families, Communities, Schools 3
ECED-2600 CDA Professional Portfolio 1
 Credit Hours7
 Total Credit Hours20