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    May 25, 2018  
2017-18 Gaston College Catalog 
2017-18 Gaston College Catalog

Early Childhood Education - Pre-School Certificate (C55220G)

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This certificate will provide a background in developmentally appropriate practices for preschool aged children.  Courses in this certificate will focus on positive child guidance techniques and effective communication with the child, family, and community.  This certificate will enhance the employability of early childhood education students nationwide as it encompasses the courses required for the CDA (Child Development Associate); a credential that is required in many states for work in a childcare center.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Promote child development and learning by:
  1. Knowing and understanding young children’s characteristics and needs.
  2. Knowing and understanding the multiple influences on development and learning.
  3. Developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments.
  1. Build family and community relationships by knowing about and understanding family and community characteristics.

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: 16


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

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