Early Childhood Development


Program Description
The Early Childhood Development program is designed to offer a one-year curriculum for students interested in
entering 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 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 Child Care 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.

Child Care Certificate

24 Credit Hours
First Semester ​Credit Hrs.
​CHD101 ​Infant Toddler Development ​2
​ED 227 Clinical Experience -- Infant Toddler ​2
​HS 101 ​First Aid ​2
​ED 122 ​Creative Activities for Young Children ​3
​ED 123 ​Health and Nutrition ​3
Second Semester Courses Credit Hrs.
CHD 102​ Preschool Child Development ​2
ED 227​ ​Clinical Experience -- Preschool ​2
​CHD 103 ​Behavior Management and Guidance ​2
​CHD 104 ​School Age Child Development ​2
​ED 225 ​Parent and Community Involvement ​3
​CHD 110 ​Child Care Professional ​1
Prerequisites for acceptance into certificate program:
​Physical within 6 months of beginning program
​State background check
Fingerprint check





 Printable Program Brochure

This program is currently under revision.  Please contact an advisor for additional information.  (309) 649-6400

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