Certificate Type: C.C.
Major Code: CHLDP-CC
Former CIP: 0420020208
This 12 credit hour certificate recognizes the completion of a series of courses needed by early childhood teachers who wish to complete the college-credit requirements for the National CDA certificate. The Department of Children and Families requires childcare centers to employ teachers in their center who hold a CDA certification. The requirements of this certificate meet the educational criteria to apply for the National CDA certificate. This certificate is upward compatible with the A.S. degree, Early Childhood Education.
|EEC1000||Child Growth and Development|
This course examines child development from conception to age eight by considering the complex interaction between heredity and environmental factors. Children's physical, social, emotional and cognitive development are discussed as well as the implications for developmentally appropriate practice. It includes the theories of Erikson, Piaget and Vygotsky. Students will be required to observe children in a child care setting (10 hours).
|EEC1601||Observing and Guiding Children's Behavior|
This course is designed for the early childhood professional to develop basic knowledge, skills and positive dispositions needed to work in partnership with families and other professionals in order to gather data that documents the developmental progression, individual needs and progress toward learning within the classroom. An understanding of goals, benefits of documentation and other effective assessment strategies will be discussed. Early Childhood students will have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge with regard to appropriate behavior in children as they learn to observe children and interpret play problems. Up to 10 hours of observation in a childcare or VPK center is required.
|EEC2200||Educational Practices in Early Childhood Education|
This course will explore developmentally appropriate practices for inclusive preschool settings. Participants will develop a framework for planning, implementation, organization and evaluation of activities in content areas such as art, math, science, music, language arts and free play. The course will emphasize high-quality, developmentally appropriate practices aligned with state and national standards and guidelines. Up to 10 hours of observation in a childcare center is required.
|EEC1011||Professionalism in Early Childhood Education|
This course provides students the opportunity to collaborate with diverse community partners in the field of early childhood education. Students will gain more understanding of the code of ethical conduct and demonstrate the use of this code through their writing and reflections. Emphasis is placed on the importance of self-reflection and self-improvement. Students will become more aware of different cultures and abilities needed when communicating with families of different cultures. Portfolios will be developed in this course reflecting the student’s work and reflections during the degree or certificate program.
|The above course is required for students obtaining a college credit CDA.|
|EEC2732||Health, Safety and Nutrition for Young Children|
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the nutrition, health and safety needs of young children. It is designed to give future and current teachers practical and easy-to-understand information that will prepare them to serve diverse young children and their families in the preschool or early elementary school setting.