Early Child Care Workforce Certificate (C55820)

Program Description

This curriculum prepares individuals to work in early childcare settings. Students will combine best practices, competency-based knowledge, and practice in actual settings with children 0-12 years old.

Course work includes child growth and development, physical/nutritional needs of preschool children, safety issues in the care of preschool children; care and guidance; communication skills with families and children; design and implementation of appropriate curriculum; and other related topics.

Graduates should be prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in early childcare settings. Employment opportunities include public and private childcare programs family childcare homes, and other early childcare programs.

Course Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Credits
EDU 119 - Intro to Early Childhood Education 4.00 4.00
EDU 130 - Social Environments for Children 3.00 3.00
EDU 151 - Creative Activities 3.00 3.00
EDU 159 - Health and Safety for Early Childhood 2.00 2.00
EDU 162 - Observation and Assessment in ECE 3.00 3.00
EDU 188 - Trends and Policies in Early Childhood 3.00 3.00
Total: 18

Upon completion of the EDU-119 course within the certificate shown above, students who have earned a C or better are eligible to apply for the North Carolina Early Childhood Credential (NCECC). 

Applications are available through the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education. See your advisor for more details.

Upon completion of the certificate shown above, students are eligible to apply for the National Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) (Infant/Toddler CDA credential) provided through the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, DC.

Students must earn a C or better in all courses. These courses count for the 120 hours of professional education requirement. Additional requirements for the CDA must also be met prior to applying. See your advisor for more details or go to the Council for Professional Recognition and Child Development Associate (CDA).