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2021-2022 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    
2021-2022 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Development, Certificate


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Purpose: The Certificate program in Early Childhood Development is designed to provide students with practical skills and theoretical knowledge related to the care, development and guidance of young children. The curriculum addresses the intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and creative growth of young children. Graduates will be prepared to seek employment involving the care and education of young children in settings such as Head Start, day care centers, nursery schools, family day care homes, and other specialized settings.

The Certificate provides greater depth and breadth of knowledge than the Career Studies Certificate and positions students to pursue the Associate Degree Early Childhood Development.

Occupational Objectives: Graduates will be prepared to seek employment involving the care and education of young children in settings such as Head Start, day care centers, nursery schools, family day care homes, and other specialized settings.

Admission Requirements: All students will be required to demonstrate college readiness through transcript review or informed self-placement.  Based on this review students may request or be required to enroll in prerequisite or corequisite math and/or English courses.

Students are required to participate in observation and practicum experiences in approved or licensed early childhood/primary settings. A Criminal Record Clearance/Sex Offender Registry check is required for placement. Students should see the program head for a list of convictions that will prevent employment. Students will be expected to complete a tuberculosis test before placement as well. 

Program Requirements: The curriculum includes courses in childhood development, health, and general education. Instruction includes both theoretical concepts and practical applications for future success in childcare occupations.

Early Childhood Development Curriculum:


Total Minimum Credits: 31


Availability of Courses:


The courses required for completion of the Certificate in Early Childhood Development are offered at various times throughout the academic year. Not all required courses are offered every semester. Not all courses are offered at all campus locations. Students interested in completing the Certificate in Early Childhood Development should make an appointment with the Early Childhood Development program coordinator to discuss the variety of options available for completing the required course work.

The Early Childhood Development AAS Degree:


All courses in the Early Childhood Development Certificate fulfill requirements for the AAS degree in Early Childhood Development.

Scholarship Opportunities:


Scholarships are available to students who are Early Childhood majors, including the Virginia Child Care Providers scholarship, and the Project Pathfinders Scholarship according to availability and qualifications. (These are additional to GCC financial aid options) 

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