Early Childhood Education


Program Description
The Early Childhood Education program is designed to offer a one-year curriculum for students interested in child with sidewalk chalkentering the childcare field or upgrading current skills. This program provides the academic background and practical experience for people interested in careers in education, including infant, preschool and school-age child care in early childhood
centers, family child care homes, parent education, and early childhood program supervision. The classes will include practicum experience in selected child care centers.

Nature of Work
Employment opportunities for graduates of the early childhood education program are very positive, whether pursuing a career in group day care, preschool settings or family care. Because of the rapid growth in group care/education, the need for excellence in child care providers is of critical importance.

Certificates and Degrees
The completion of the Early Childhood Education Certificate will prepare the student with the skills necessary to understand how to provide developmentally appropriate interactions and learning experiences for young children. This program is part of the Education & Training Career Cluster.​​​​​​​

Early Childhood Education Certificate:
24 Credit Hours

Fall Semester​ ​Credit Hrs.
​CHD101 ​Infant Toddler Development ​2
​CHD102 Preschool Child Development ​2
​HS 101 ​First Aid ​2
​ED 122 ​Creative Activities for Young Children ​3
​ED 123 ​Health & Nutrition for the Young Child ​3
​​Spring Semester Credit Hrs.
​CHD103 ​Behavior Management & Guidance ​2
​CHD104 ​School Age Child Development ​2
CHD109 Field Experience—Infant Toddler 2
CHD109 Field Experience—Preschool 2
​ED 225 ​Parent & Community Involvement ​3
​​Summer Interim Semester Credit Hrs.
​CHD110 ​Child Care Professional ​1
    Prerequisites for completing CHD 109 – Field Experience:
  • Physical within 6 months
  • State background check
  • Finger print check
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