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    Mar 18, 2019  
2013-14 Gaston College Catalog 

Early Childhood Education Infants/Toddler 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. Apply developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for all young children (including curriculum, interactions, teaching practices, and learning materials). NAEYC Standard 1
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of diverse family and community characteristics by involving families and communities in many aspects of children’s development and learning. NAEYC Standard 2
  3. Generate and employ a broad repertoire of effective strategies and tools, based on research and linked to the process of early development and learning, to help young children learn and develop well; consequently developing a habit of reflective, responsive, and intentional practice to promote positive outcomes for each child. NAEYC Standard 4

Total Semester Hour Credits: 16


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

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