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.
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.
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Our certificate prepares you to enter the workforce at the career lattice Level IV as deteremined by the Office of Child Development & Early Learning (OCDEL). This OCDEL framework encourages you to obtain credentials and degrees, as well as plan your educational pathway. Our curriculum provides you with the opportunity to spend approximately 46-hours of field experience working in a variety of childcare settings. In addition, if you are interested in pursuing an Infant and Toddler credential, this certificate allows you to select specific courses within the "Open Electives" that will aid you in reaching this goal.
Because 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:
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:
For the specific requirements and Student Handbook, please visit the Health Careers webpage.
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.
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.