Early Childhood Care and Education: Certificate (5170)
If you enjoy working with young children and have a passion for teaching, a certificate in early childhood care and education may be your option.
What can I do with this in the workforce?
After graduating from our certificate program, you will be prepared to enter the childcare workforce on level IV of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) career framework (pdf). This framework encourages you to obtain credentials and degrees, as well as plan your educational pathway.
With a certificate, you are able to obtain employment in childcare or school-age care programs, in early head start or head start programs, public school districts or private academic schools as a family childcare provider or teacher aide.
With additional hours of experience with children, you can advance to an assistant teacher or assistant group supervisor.
What is the average salary?
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What is HACC’s program like?
Our certificate provides you 33 credits, which includes 30 credits of early childhood care and education coursework for the Office of Child Development & Early Learning (OCDEL) Career Lattice level IV. This OCDEL framework encourages you to obtain credentials and degrees, as well as plan your educational pathway.
Our curriculum involves both field experiences and classroom observations through placement in one of many childcare centers. You must obtain the following clearance requirements, at your own expense, prior to enrolling into EDUC 111:
- FBI clearance
- ACT 151: PA Child Abuse History Clearance
- ACT 34: Request for Criminal Record Check - PA State Police
- Tuberculosis Skin Test (TB test)
Please note that these clearances are to be updated annually. If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact our clearance and placement coordinator Jen Myers.
In conjunction with the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) standards, our curriculum will prepare you 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
For the specific requirements and Student Handbook, please visit the Health Careers webpage.
What classes will I take?
We encourage you to:
- View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
- Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
- Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.
Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?
Our certificate program is designed to lead you directly into the workforce. However, if you wish to continue your education with us and pursue an associate degree, all of your coursework in this program counts toward the completion of our associate degree in early care and education.
When can I apply?
You can apply anytime for our spring, summer and fall classes by applying online. When you submit your application, make sure to include the unique program code 5170. This code ensures you are applying for the correct program.
How can I learn more?
We look forward to helping you and answering your questions. Please contact an admissions counselor or our health and public service department chair Melinda Eash to request more information. Enroll now!