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Early Childhood Development – Infant/Toddler

Certificate of Proficiency

30808

Advisor:
JoAnn Morales

The ECD program is a highly individualized, competency-based program consisting of various instructional modules. It is taught primarily on-site in centers where students are volunteering or are employed and is designed for early childhood teacher training. 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 in 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 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 General Studies degree by completing the 35 credits of General Education requirements and sufficient electives to total 64 credits.

 

Curriculum Requirements

Early Childhood Development Core

ECD 101B

Providing a Healthy Environment

1 credit

ECD 101D

Providing a Safe Environment

1 credit

ECD 131A

Building Relationships with Parents

1 credit

ECD 141A

Fostering Communication and Language

1 credit

ECD 142A

Early Childhood Nutrition

1 credit

ECD 161A

Music and Creative Movement

1 credit

ECD 161C

Creative Media

1 credit

ECD 220B

Professionalism

1 credit

 

Core Requirements

8 credits

 

Infant/Toddler Specialization Requirements

Students must complete a total of 12 credits from the following list of courses.  It is recommended that students who wish to apply for national certification enroll in ECD 240, Child Development Portfolio and Assessment Preparation.

ECD 122A

Guidance and Discipline of Infants and Toddlers

1 credit

ECD 122B

Enhancing Social Competence of Infants and Toddlers

1 credit

ECD 123A

Encouraging Trust and Autonomy Development of Positive Self-Concept of Infants and Toddlers

1 credit

ECD 124B

Sensorimotor Learning in Infancy and Toddlerhood

1 credit

ECD 126A

Learning Principles and Theories of Cognitive Development

1 credit

ECD 126B

Practical Applications of Cognitive Development

1 credit

ECD 126C

Language Development of Infants and Toddlers

1 credit

ECD 127A

Ages and Stages of Young Children:  Prenatal through Infancy

1 credit

ECD 127B

Ages and Stages of Young Children:  Toddlerhood

1 credit

ECD 128A

Physical Development in Infancy/Toddlerhood

1 credit

ECD 129A

Environments for Infants and Toddlers

1 credit

ECD 240

Child Development Portfolio and Assessment Preparations

3 credits

 

Specialization Requirements

12 credits

 

In addition, students must complete the following courses:

ENG 100
ENG 099

Writing Fundamentals and
Written Fundamentals Lab or higher

3 credits
1 credit

 

English Requirements

3 to 4 credits

 

Total Minimum Certificate Requirements

23 to 24 credits

 

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