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Early Childhood Education Infant-Toddler Certificate
Semester Hours:  28
Effective Term: Fall 2017
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

Program Description: The Early Childhood Education Infant Toddler Certificate prepares competent early childhood professionals for working with young children and families in early childhood settings. The certificate prepares students for entry level positions by providing opportunities to gain broad knowledge and practice application of skills.

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Recommended Proficiencies: None

Course Requirements
Early Childhood Education Infant Toddler Certificate (28 Credits)

Core Requirements (28)
ECE 105 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 110 Health, Safety, and Nutrition (3)
ECE 116 Effective Interactions and Guidance (3)
ECE 128A Environments for Infants and Toddlers (1)
ECE 129B Observation Skills in the Infant and Toddler Program (1)
ECE 129C Record Keeping Skills: Infant and Toddler Programs (1)
ECE 183 Curriculum and Learning Materials for Infants (1)
ECE 184 Curriculum and Learning Materials for Toddlers (1)
ECE 226A Cognitive Development of Infants and Toddlers (1)
ECE 226C Language Development of Infants and Toddlers (1)
ECE 227B Guidance of Infants and Toddlers (1)
ECE 227C Enhancing Social Competency of Infants and Toddlers (1)
ECE 228B Physical Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood (1)
ECE 276 Child Development (3)
ECE 283 Valuing Families and Diversity (3)
ECE 280 Inclusion of Children with Special Needs (3)

Other Requirements
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all Core Requirement courses.
Students must earn a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Students must earn at least one-third of the total certificate credits from CAC.
Program Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
CAC requires students to demonstrate achievement of Common Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs) for graduation.

1. (Analysis Level) Analyze and explain the multiple historical, philosophical, and social foundations of the early childhood profession and how these influence current research, thought, and practice. (CSLO 1 & 2)

2. (Analysis Level) Analyze and explain the special conditions that may affect the development of young children, prenatal through age three. (CSLO 2 & 4)

3. (Synthesis Level) Plan a learning environment for infants and toddlers that is responsive to each child's physical health, intellectual and emotional well-being, and nutritional and safety needs. (CSLO 3 & 4)

4. (Analysis Level) Recognize the importance of establishing and maintaining positive, productive, reciprocal relationships with families. (CSLO 1 & 2)

5. (Synthesis Level) Design strategies that promote developmentally and culturally appropriate practices and are inclusive of young children with diverse abilities. (CSLO 1 & 4)

6. (Evaluation Level) Describe and defend the principles and theories of child development. (CSLO 2 & 4)

7. (Evaluation Level) Demonstrate and defend professional decisions based on the knowledge of early childhood theories and practices, and the principles of the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct. (CSLO 2, 3 & 4)

8. (Evaluation Level) Interpret, critique, and apply ECE knowledge and skills into a variety of areas for curriculum development that encourage young children's growth and development. (CSLO 2 & 4)

9. (Evaluation Level) Interpret and apply various observation, documentation, and assessment methods to support the development of young children. (CSLO 2)

Standards for Program
Students will be able to demonstrate proficiencies at the pre-established standards set by the Council for Professional Recognition, Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential.
NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation
Standard One: Promoting Child Development and Learning
Standard Two: Building Family and Community Relationships
Standard Three: Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families
Standard Four: Using Developmentally Effective Approaches to Connect with Children and Families
Standard Five: Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum
Standard Six: Becoming a Professional