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Early Childhood Development

Diploma & Certificate

Early Childhood Development Diploma

Gain a basic understanding of the needs of young children. This program is organized with standards from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Students learn growth and development principles, teaching methods, health, safety and nutrition, discipline techniques, develop mentally-appropriate curriculum methods, and exceptionality and early intervention techniques for promoting effective family-program partnerships. Graduates are qualified to work in child development centers, nursery schools and as teachers’ aides in private schools. This program is also an excellent resource for child development teachers and administrators who want to upgrade their job skills and parents who want to learn more about the development of young children.

Early Childhood Development Certificate

Prepare to work in educational programs for young children, such as child development centers and nursery schools. This program is organized with standards from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Students gain a basic understanding of the needs of young children and are trained to implement quality preschool programming. They also learn growth and development principles, teaching methods, health, safety and nutrition, discipline techniques, and exceptionality and early intervention techniques for working with parents.


Special Admissions Requirements
Students in the Early Childhood Development programs must:

  • Meet the specific program requirements outlined in admissions requirements.
  • Complete a physical exam, including TB screening and hepatitis vaccines.
  • Have a satisfactory police or government record check to indicate no prior child abuse or neglect record.