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Advanced Early Childhood Studies


Acquire theoretical knowledge and develop the competencies needed to enter a career and to continue professional growth in the care and education of children birth through age eight in various settings. 

Program/Major Codes: CRTECA/ECA

What can I do with this certificate?

Career options: Apply for the national Child Development Associate credential; or meet the CDA equivalency, as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); or use the coursework to meet state Department of Health Service professional development requirements.

Academic options:  Continue your studies by applying your coursework toward the Early Childhood Studies AAS.

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Program Requirements

Required Core Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
ECE 117 Child Growth and Development 3
ECE 118 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
    or CDA 102 The Child's Total Learning Environment 1
    and CDA 121 Techniques for Observing Children 1
    and CDA 271 Professionalism in Childcare 1
ECE 226  Teaching Techniques and Behavior Management 3
ECE 228 The Young Child: Family, Culture, and Community 3
ECE 240 Assessment of Young Children 3
ECE 245 Integrating Learning and Lesson Planning through the Arts
ECE 292 Early Childhood Education: Theory to Practice 4
Total 22