Early Childhood Development (Certificate)


Minimum program credit hours: 32

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General Requirements
9 credit hours Degree Requirements Met

Core Requirements
23 credit hours Degree Requirements Met

none Degree Requirements Met

Important Points
  • EDU 1250, 1260, and 1270 do not have an ENG 1530 eligibility prerequisite and are, therefore, ideal starting points for the student pursuing a certificate in early childhood development.
  • Individuals who have earned the Child Development Associate(CDA) will receive these 11 JCC credits: EDU 1250, EDU 1260, EDU 1290, and EDU 2210.
  • Early childhood development certificate courses are designed as a career ladder leading to the associate degree. They therefore change according to changes in New York state education requirements.
  • Students must be willing to obtain and pay for any necessary physical or medical examinations or tests, which are required by some internship agencies.
  • Enrollment in the program does not guarantee acceptance into field placements in the program.
  • Students must complete an application for EDU/HUS 2210: Field Placement I, and approval of the application is required for the filed placement to commence. For students pursuing a human services career path, HUS 1210: Introduction to Human Services with a grade of C or better is the prerequisite. EDU 1290: Introduction to Early Education and Care with a grade of C or better is the prerequisite.
  • Some internship agencies require FBI or Child Abuse Registry checks. These processes can be lengthy and may require up to four months in order for approval to be obtained prior to placement.
  • Field placement will take place with children in an educational setting.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Understand how young children learn and develop, and recognize appropriate and meaningful learning opportunities that promote comprehensive and developmental learning outcomes for all young children.
  2. Demonstrate introductory knowledge about, and value the importance of the complex characteristics of children’s families and communities.
  3. Demonstrate an introductory understanding of the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment.
  4. Exhibit professionalism as a member of the early care and education community, including the use of ethical guidelines.