Early Childhood Development, Certificate

Certificate
Campuses: Alexandria, Loudoun, Manassas, NOVA Online

The curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for employment in environments where the care and education of young children is the primary focus. Job opportunities include employment in child development programs and family child care homes and before and after school-age programs.

Credit for Prior Learning: Students in this program may be eligible for credit for prior learning. See an academic advisor with the Early Childhood Programs for further information.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

One Year Credits
1st Semester
Choose One
CHD 118 Language Arts for Young Children 3
1CHD 119 Introduction to Reading Methods
CHD 120 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
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CHD 205 Guiding the Behavior of Children 3
1CHD 230 Behavior Management for School-Age Child Care
EDU 235 Health, Safety, and Nutrition Education 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
2SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total 16
2nd Semester
Choose One
CHD 145 Teaching Art, Music, and Movement to Children 3
1CHD 225 Curriculum Development for School-Age Child Care
CHD 146 Math, Science, and Social Studies for Children 3
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CHD 165 Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings 3
1CHD 270 Administration of Childcare Programs
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CHD 216 Early Childhood Programs, Schools, and Social Change 3
1CHD 210 Introduction to Exceptional Children
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PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3
PSY 235 Child Psychology
Total 15
Total credits for the Certificate = 31
One Year Credits
1st Semester
Choose One
CHD
118
3
1CHD
119
CHD
120
3
Choose One
CHD
205
3
1CHD
230
EDU
235
3
ENG
111
3
2SDV
100
1
Total 16
2nd Semester
Choose One
CHD
145
3
Curriculum Development for School-Age Child Care
1CHD
225
CHD
146
3
Choose One
Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings
CHD
165
3
1CHD
270
Choose One
Early Childhood Programs, Schools, and Social Change
CHD
216
3
1CHD
210
Choose One
PSY
230
3
PSY
235
Total 15
Total credits for the Certificate = 31

1 Students preparing to work with school-age children should take these courses.

2 May substitute the SDV 101 Orientation section related to this program.

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