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    Dec 16, 2018  
2017-18 Gaston College Catalog 
    
2017-18 Gaston College Catalog [THIS CATALOG IS OUT-OF-DATE. USE THE CURRENT CATALOG TO FIND CURRENT PROGRAMS.]

Infant/Toddler Care Certificate (C55290)


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The curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from infancy to three years of age in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories, competency-based knowledge, and practice in actual settings with infants and toddlers.

Course work includes infant/toddler growth and development; physical/nutritional needs of infants and toddlers; safety issues in the care of infants and toddlers; care and guidance; communication skills with families and children; design and implementation of appropriate curriculum; and other related topics.

Graduates should be prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate infant/toddler programs in early childhood settings. Employment opportunities include child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Early Head Start Programs, and other infant/toddler programs.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Promote child development and learning by:
    a. Knowing and understanding young children's characteristics and needs.
    b. Knowing and understanding the multiple influences on development and learning.
    c. Using developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments.
  2. Build family and community relationships by knowing about and understanding family and community characteristics.
  3. Teach and learn by:
    a. Understanding positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation of working with children.
    b. Knowing and understanding effective strategies and tools for early education.
    c. Using a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching/learning approaches.
    d. Reflecting on one's own practice to promote positive outcomes for each child.

Additional Program Requirements for Early Childhood Education


All students are required to submit documentation of additional non-academic criteria which will include a valid Criminal Background Check (CBC) qualification letter obtained through DCDEE. Instructions will be provided in EDU 119. Students who do not submit a valid CBC Qualification letter will not successfully complete Early Childhood Education.

Child Development


Total Program Hours: 16


Note(s):


The courses taken in this certificate program may be applied toward the Diploma and the Associate in Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education. See the Diploma and Associate Degree listings for specific requirements.

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