This curriculum prepares individuals pursuing administrating roles in diverse childcare settings to effectively work with children, families and teachers. The certificate is composed of learning opportunities in developmental theories, competency and evidence-based professional knowledge, administrative skills and leadership qualities.
Course work includes foundations in early childhood education, physical/nutritional needs of young children, safety issues in the care of young children; communication and leadership skills with teachers, families and children; programming and staffing, budgeting/financial management and marketing, and rules and regulations of early childhood programs.
Employment opportunities include entrepreneurship and/or management of child development and childcare programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Early Head Start and Head Start programs, and other programs.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Use multidimensional knowledge (child development, ability, cultural, and other contexts) to support individual children
- Build supportive and collaborative partnerships with diverse families and community resources and agencies
- 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.