Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Certificate prepares individuals to work entry-level employment in licensed child care centers, regulated home day care settings, child development centers, church play schools, camps, and recreational centers. This certificate provides instruction in basic issues relating to preschool children and their families, such as child development and health and safety guidelines.

All courses in this certificate program may be applied toward a diploma in Early Childhood or the Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education.


The Special Education Certificate prepares individuals to work with children from infancy through middle childhood in diverse learning environments. Students will foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional, and creative development of young children. Employment opportunities include child care programs, regulated home day care settings, child development centers, church play schools, camps, and recreational centers.

All courses in this certificate may be applied toward a diploma in Early Childhood or the Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education.


The Infant and Toddler Certificate prepares individuals to work with children from infancy to three years of age in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories, competency-based knowledge, and practice in actual settings with infants and toddlers.

Course work includes infant/toddler growth and development; physical/nutritional needs of infants and toddlers; safety issues in the care of infants and toddlers; care and guidance; communication skills with families and children; design and implementation of appropriate curriculum; and other related topics.

Graduates should be prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate infant/ toddler programs in early childhood settings. Employment opportunities include child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Early Head Start Programs, and other infant/toddler programs.

All courses with the exception of EDU 234 in this certificate may be applied toward the diploma in Early Childhood Education. All courses may be applied to the Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education.


The Early Childhood Administration Certificate prepares individuals to manage early childhood programs. Course work covers policies, procedures, financial management, marketing, hiring, supervision, guidance strategies and professional development responsibilities for the management of early childhood education programs.

Employment opportunities include licensed child care settings, regulated home child care settings, child development centers, church play schools, after-school programs, camps, and recreational centers.

All courses in this certificate may be applied to a diploma or Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education.

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