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    Mar 22, 2019  
2017-18 Gaston College Catalog 

Early Childhood Education - Early Literacy Certificate (C55220F)

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The curriculum prepares students to create and implement a variety of literacy activities that can be implemented in early childhood education classrooms. Emphasis is placed on practical application of skills.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Promote child development and learning by:
    a. Knowing and understanding young children's characteristics and needs.
    b. Using developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments.
  2. Building family and community relationships by involving families and communities in their children's development and learning.
  3. Observe, document, and assessing to support young children and families by knowing about and using observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches.
  4. Use developmentally effective approaches to connect with children and families by
    a. Knowing and understanding effective strategies and tools for early education.
    b. Using a brad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching/learning approaches.
  5. Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum by using their own knowledge, appropriate early learning standards, and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curricula for each child.
  6. Become a professional by:
    a. Engaging in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice.
    b. Integrating knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education.

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.

Total Program Hours: 13


The courses taken in this certificate program may be applied toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education.

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