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Basic Early Childhood Studies - Certificate


Learn fundamental concepts in Early Care and Education. Courses focus on child development, learning and culture as well as teaching techniques, observation, and curriculum.

Selective Admissions Program: In order to be fully admitted to this program, you must fulfill the requirements listed in Program Admissions. See an advisor for details.

What can I do with this certificate?

Career options: Apply for a position working with young children or use credits toward professional development requirements

Academic options: Continue your studies by applying your coursework towards the Advanced Early Childhood Studies Certificate and/or the Early Childhood Studies AAS.

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
CDA 102 The Child's Total Learning Environment 1
CDA 103 Curriculum Planning and Schedule Development 1
ECE 115 Supervision and Administration of Early Childhood Programs 3
CDA 121 Techniques for Observing Children 1
CDA 155 Understanding How Children Learn and Develop 1
CDA 161 Principles of Social Competence 1
CDA 222 Elements of Children's Culture 1
Subtotal 9

Core Concentrations

Complete courses from one of the following concentrations

Course # Course Title Credits
Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) Preparation Concentration (Concentration Code: ECBC)
CDA 229 Child Development Associate Assessment Preparation 3
ELEC Any 100-level or above CDA or ECE courses 4
Subtotal 7
Early Childhood Foundations Concentration (Concentration Code: ECBF)
ECE 117 Child Growth and Development 3
ELEC Any 100-level or above CDA or ECE courses 4
Subtotal 7
Total 16