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Early Childhood Development Associate

Certificate of Proficiency

30805

Advisors:
JoAnn Morales

The ECDA program is a highly individualized, competency-based program consisting of various instructional modules. It is taught primarily on-site in centers where students are employed and is designed for early childhood teacher training. The curriculum is designed as a 33-credit college certificate of proficiency program. However, upon completion of 12 credits in the curriculum, you may apply for the National Child Development Associate Certificate through a national CDA credentialing agency. If you wish to attain national certification, we recommend that you enroll in ECD 240, Child Development Portfolio and Assessment Preparation. This national certification demonstrates competencies in the following areas:

  • Planning the program and setting for a center-based early childhood program for 10 to 25 children.

  • Observing young children.

  • Involving parents and families.

  • Enhancing the intellectual and personality development of children.

  • Conducting programs for the creative and physical development of children.

  • Developing bilingual programs and crafts programs.

  • Managing early childhood centers.

The Early Childhood Development Associate is a competent person who assumes primary responsibility for meeting the specific needs of a group of children in a child development setting by nurturing the child's physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs; setting up and maintaining the child care environment; and establishing a liaison relationship between parents and the child development center. Students enrolling is this program are required to be either employed or volunteering in a formal day care setting for a minimum of six hours per week.

After completing requirements for the Early Childhood Development Associate Certificate of Proficiency, you can:

  • Earn a degree in Child Care by completing the additional requirements shown for the Early Childhood Development Associate of Applied Science degree.

  • Earn an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies by completing the additional 35 credits of General Education requirements.

 

Curricula Requirements

Complete 33 of the following 35 courses. ECD 101A, ECD 101B, ECD 101C, and ECD 101D are prerequisite to all other Early Childhood Development courses.

ECD 101A

The Child's Total Learning Environment

1 credit

ECD 101B

Providing a Healthy Environment

1 credit

ECD 101C

Planned Arrangements and Schedules

1 credit

ECD 101D

Ensuring a Safe Environment

1 credit

ECD 111A

Transitions

1 credit

ECD 111B

Guidance Principles

1 credit

ECD 111C

Enhancing Questioning and Problem Solving

1 credit

ECD 111D

Teaching Aids

1 credit

ECD 121A

Techniques for Observing Children

1 credit

ECD 131A

Building Relationships with Parents

1 credit

ECD 131B

Supporting the Growth and Education of Parents

1 credit

ECD 131C

Enhancing Family Involvement

1 credit

ECD 141A

Fostering Communication and Language

1 credit

ECD 141B

Beginning Mathematical Concepts

1 credit

ECD 141C

Science and Discovery

1 credit

ECD 142A

Nutrition

1 credit

ECD 142B

Blocks

1 credit

ECD 142C

Literature for Preschool Children

1 credit

ECD 151A

Balancing Work and Family in a Family Child Care Setting

1 credit

ECD 151B

Record Keeping for the Family Child Care Provider

1 credit

ECD 151C

Family Child Care as a Small Business

1 credit

ECD 161A

Music and Creative Movement

1 credit

ECD 161B

Dramatic Play

1 credit

ECD 161C

Creative Media

1 credit

ECD 171A

Large Muscle Development

1 credit

ECD 171B

Small Muscle Development

1 credit

ECD 181A

Incorporating the Children's Culture

1 credit

ECD 181B

Planning/Implementing a Bilingual Program

1 credit

ECD 191A

Woodworking/Sewing

1 credit

ECD 191B

Clay/Messy Media

1 credit

ECD 210A

Enhancing a Positive Self-Concept

1 credit

ECD 210B

Ages and Stages - The Preschool Years

1 credit

ECD 210C

Understanding How Children Learn

1 credit

ECD 220A

Participating in Program Evaluation

1 credit

ECD 220B

Professionalism

1 credit

 

Total Minimum Certificate Requirements

33 credits

To obtain this certificate, you must complete each required course with a grade of "C" or better.