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The Early Child Care Certificate prepares students to work with children from birth through age eight in child care, pre-school, or school-age programs. Students gain an understanding of child development, plan developmentally appropriate activities and practice responsibilities of assistant teachers.
Students may enroll in the program on a part-time or full-time basis. Students who are employed full-time are strongly encouraged to take no more than two courses per semester. Special program costs include transportation to fieldwork sites. A medical exam, tuberculin test and fingerprinting may be required before beginning fieldwork. Official Program Description > Is Early Child Care program right for you? >
You will learn to create a nurturing, safe classroom where every child thrives. You will study how children develop and how to plan age-appropriate activities that foster their development. Curriculum > Learning Outcomes >
A combination of classroom-based instruction and field experience helps you move from observer to active participant. This 30 credit certificate also includes liberal arts courses that enhance your training. Course Descriptions >
Upon successful completion of this one-year certificate program, you will be prepared to work as a child-care provider in an early childhood program. Career Paths > Gainful Employment Information >
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