Mar 22, 2023  
2022-23 Gaston College Catalog 
2022-23 Gaston College Catalog

Early Childhood Education - Preschool 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. Use multidimensional knowledge (child development, ability, cultural, and other contexts) to support individual children
  2. Build supportive and collaborative partnerships with diverse families and community resources and agencies
  3. Display professionalism as an early childhood educator through communication skills, advocacy, ethical behavior, collaboration, and reflective practice

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 Division of Child Development & Early Education (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.
  • A grade of “C” or better is required for all courses applied towards degree requirements.

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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