The program is designed for students who wish to enter the field of early childhood education or who are already employed in the field and wish to earn a credential by expanding their knowledge and competency in working with children from birth to age 8. The program will provide students with the skills and knowledge to develop competency in working with children.
Learners who complete the Early Childhood Education certificate will:
Identify, document and assess elements that determine quality in early childhood programs
Design a learning environment and use teaching strategies that are based upon child development theory
Plan, implement and evaluate a developmentally appropriate curriculum that fosters children’s social, emotion, physical and cognitive development
Examine program philosophy and goals, classroom design, teacher/child interaction, planning and implementation of curriculum, observation and assessment of the young child and family involvement in a variety of early childhood settings
Demonstrate good early childhood practice in an early childhood setting