• Early Childhood Education  

    Early Childhood Education Certificate 


    Program Description

    This interdisciplinary certificate is designed to prepare students to administer programs for children in day care; work in government service; and work in housing, recreational, health, and social service agencies, where a basic understanding of the nature of children is combined with human services skills.

     
    Graduates are fully qualified to manage programs based on a foundation of theory and practical application. The course of study provides training opportunities for those with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, who seek
    additional credits for upgrading their employment.

    Job Description

     
    Positions may include family child care provider, family childcare provider assistant, Infant & toddler teacher, nanny and Before & Afterschool Teachers. 

    Career Options and Occupation Outlook

     
    The job outlook according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics is faster than average with a 17% increase between 2012 to 2022. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that “Employment of preschool teachers is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected due to a continued focus on the importance of early childhood education and the growing population of children ages 3 to 5.”
     
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    Skills Needed

    • Understanding of child development 

    • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices

    • Knowledge of appropriate teaching materials

    • Understanding of health, safety and nutrition practices