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5170 Early Childhood Care and Education: Certificate

This certificate contains 33 credits, including 30 credits of Early Childhood Care and Education coursework for the Office of Child Development & Early Learning (OCDEL) career lattice at Level IV. This lattice encourages practitioners to obtain credentials and degrees, as well as plan their educational pathway. The certificate program does provide a basic education in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education for childcare and pre-schools, but does not include the teacher certification for public schools. However, some courses may be applied to HACC’s Early Childhood–Elementary Education transfer Associate’s degree program. This certificate program requires that all students must obtain a current Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check (Act 34), Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151), FBI Clearance, and a valid TB Skin Test to be eligible for the required field experiences. A student should consider these factors before enrolling into this program. The complete program is available at all of HACC’s campuses. Some of the required courses are available through Virtual Learning.

As defined by the OCDEL career lattice at Level IV, graduates can obtain employment in Child Care/School Age Care Programs as Aides/Family Child Care Providers, Assistant Teachers, or Assistant Group Supervisors; in Early Head Start/Head Start Programs as Assistant Teachers/Aides, or Teacher/Home Visitors; in Public School Districts as Assistant Teachers (Para-professional); or in Private Academic Schools as Aides.

In conjunction with National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Standards, this curriculum is designed to prepare students to:

  • Know and understand child development in order to promote healthy and challenging learning environments
  • Observe and assess children’s development and document their learning in order to develop appropriate curriculum and promote positive outcomes for each child
  • Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum
  • Use effective strategies to implement developmentally-appropriate teaching and learning
  • Know about, support and involve families and communities in their children’s development and learning
  • Uphold national standards for professionalism and ethics as well as participate in continuous professional growth
  • Use legal and ethical standards to locate professional literature in print and/or electronic format in order to make research-based decisions that inform teaching practices
  • Prepare and maintain an electronic portfolio that documents personal growth as well as scholastic and professional achievement through the course of the Early Care and Education certificate from entry point class to job search
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