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Early Childhood Education Certificate
Semester Hours:  21
Effective Term: Fall 2017
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

Program Description: The Early Childhood Education 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 Certificate (21 Credits)

Core Requirements (21)
ECE 105 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 110 Health, Safety, and Nutrition (3)
ECE 116 Effective Interactions and Guidance (3)
ECE 216 Early Childhood Observation and Assessment (3)
ECE 271 Creating Early Childhood Environments (3)
ECE 276 Child Development (3)
ECE 283 Valuing Families and Diversity (3)

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
1. (Analysis Level) Analyze, examine, and explain the multiple historical, philosophical, and social foundations of the early childhood profession. (CSLO 1 & 2)

2. (Analysis Level) Analyze and explain the principles of child development and learning including the special conditions that may affect the development of young children, birth through age eight. (CSLO 2 & 4)

3. (Analysis Level) Identify and relate child observation and assessment tools and how they are used to guide developmentally appropriate decisions.

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

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

6. (Evaluation Level) Explain and justify the importance of establishing and maintaining positive, productive, reciprocal relationships with children families, and provide positive guidance. (CSLO 1 & 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