Study early childhood development at JCC
Care for young children as they enter their first steps of education. With a certificate in Early Childhood Development at Jamestown Community College, you’ll be able to work in the education field with children from birth through preschool, with some opportunities through second grade.
This certificate prepares you for work in entry level positions in early childhood education and childcare. You can work as an assistant in preschools, childcare centers, and family day care homes, and in school-age childcare settings. If you are already employed in childcare facilities as a family care provider or hold the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, you can use the certificate to update your skills.
You can also continue your education and earn an associate degree in Early Childhood. The certificate is embedded in the A.A.S. in Early Childhood degree, and Mandated Reporter Training certification (Child Abuse Workshop Prevention) is embedded in EDU 2210.
2020 median pay for teacher assistants: $28,900/year according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Where to study at JCC
JCC’s Early Childhood Development certificate prepares you to enter the workforce after graduation.
JCC’s Early Childhood Development certificate can ladder into the Early Childhood A.A.S. degree.
- Teacher Education Club
- You’ll have the opportunity to gain real-world experience with field placements.
Early childhood development skills
After you complete the program, you will be able to:
- 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.
- Demonstrate an introductory understanding of the importance of the relationship between families, communities, and educators.
- Identify developmentally appropriate assessment and instructional strategies to examine measurable goals, objectives, and evaluation procedures for young children.
- Exhibit professionalism as a member of the early care and education community, including the use of ethical guidelines.
EDU 1250: Early Childhood Development
EDU 1260: Health, Safety & Nutrition in Early Childhood Development
EDU 1290: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
EDU 1310: Family, School, and Community Partnerships
ENG 1510: English Composition I
PSY 1510: General Psychology
- Have career goal discussion.
- Review field placement expectations.
- Look into employment options/outlook.
PSY 2520: Child Development
EDU 2210: Field Placement I - Education
EDU 1300: Observation & Guidance of Young Children
EDU 2440: Children’s Literature
ENG 1530: English Composition II
- Discuss continuing for an associate’s degree.
- Prepare for employment.