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

Early Childhood Development, Career Studies Certificate

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Purpose: The career studies 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 entry-level employment in settings such as day care centers, nursery schools, playground programs, foster homes, hospital playrooms, family day care facilities, in-home care, and other facilities offering services for preschool children. This Career Studies Certificate is designed to be an introduction to the field of early childhood education.

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. 

Early Childhood Development Curriculum:

Total Minimum Credits: 16

Suggested Sequence of Courses:

Suggested Sequence of Courses: The SDV 100  course and any required developmental reading coursework should be taken during the first semester of study.

Availability of Courses:

The courses required for completion of the Career Studies 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. It is important that a student complete courses in sequence, for more information the student should reach out to their academic advisor.

The Early Childhood Development Certificate:

All courses in the Early Childhood Development Career Studies Certificate are required courses for the certificate and associate degree programs.

Scholarship Opportunities:

For eligible students, the Virginia Child Care Provider Scholarship Program https://www.dss.virginia.gov/, Project Pathfinder Grant https://www.vecf.org/project-pathfinders/ and other scholarship opportunities, as well as financial aid, can provide assistance with the funds necessary to complete the Career Studies Certificate in Early Childhood Development. Contact the Early Childhood Development program coordinator, Teresa Conour tconour@germanna.edu for more information.

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