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

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


ECCE 1103Child Growth and Development


ECCE 1105Health, Safety and Nutrition


ECCE 1112Curriculum and Assessment


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

ECCE 1121Early Childhood Care and Education Practicum


EMPL 1000Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development