Child Development Specialist Certificate – CD61

(Embedded in Early Childhood Care and Education Diploma & Associate Degree)

Program Description

The Early Childhood Care and Education Child Development Specialist TCC is a sequence of five courses designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the field of early childhood education. The program emphasizes the basics needed for a career in early childhood, but this TCC also includes more content about planning curriculum and working in the field. In addition, the student may complete a practicum and work in a child care program. Graduates have qualifications to be employed in early care and education settings including child care centers and Head Start.

Entrance date: Each semester

Program admission requirements:

Minimum Test Scores

ACCUPLACER – Sentence Skills60COMPASS – Writing32
Reading Comp.55Reading 70
Arithmetic34Math26

High School diploma or equivalent required for admission.

Must be 16 years of age or older. Applicant must provide documentation of a satisfactory Fingerprint check, physical examination, documentation of negative tuberculosis skin test or chest X-ray and liability insurance, prior to Practicum and Internship.

Credits required for graduation: 14

Child Development Specialist Certificate Curriculum Essential Courses

Courses 14 credits

ECCE 1101Introduction to Early Childhood Care and Education

3

ECCE 1103Child Growth and Development

3

ECCE 1105Health, Safety and Nutrition

3

ECCE 1112Curriculum and Assessment

3

Select from one of two following courses for min. 2 cr.:

ECCE 1121Early Childhood Care and Education Practicum

3

EMPL 1000Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development

2