PURPOSE: This program is designed to provide students with the additional early childhood skills needed in the care and development of young children in a variety of child care settings. The program provides training appropriate for persons presently working in the field who wish to continue to upgrade their knowledge and skills in child development and care. The program also offers a well-organized course of study for parents who wish to increase their understanding of child development.
OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Employment opportunities include preparation or upgrading skills for positions as childcare center assistant directors, teachers or assistant teachers, aides, playroom attendants, home-based providers or daycare workers, camp directors, and before- and after-schoolteachers in the following types of facilities: child day care centers, nursery schools, family day care homes, Head Start programs, recreational before- and after-school programs, hospital-based child care programs, pre-school at-risk programs, and pre-kindergarten church-sponsored programs.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission
COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 152 or EDU 280 (Introduction to Instructional Technologies) . Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 152 . Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.
PROGRAM NOTES: In addition to the general college curricular admission requirements, those interested in entering the Early Childhood Education - Advanced Career Studies Certificate should hold the Early Childhood Education Career Studies Certificate or be approved by the program head. A personal interview with the program head is recommended. Students must attain a grade of “C” or higher in all courses with CHD and PSY prefixes.