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Early Childhood Care and Education


This 15 credit certificate is designed to allow people interested in the field of child care to gain pertinent knowledge and professional development.  The program emphasizes work with infants, toddlers, and young children, as well as parent/family communications.  Developmentally appropriate activities in various learning areas and practical guidance techniques will be addressed.


Professional Core* (9 credits)

HD FS 229 (GS) Infant and Child Development (3 credits)  Theory, research, and methods of social/behavioral/biological sciences related to developmental processes and intervention during infancy and childhood.

HD FS 230 Overview of Curricular Practices in Early Childhood Care and Education (3 credits)  Curricular practices in programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.  Focus on developmentally appropriate practice, emergent curriculum and home/child care links.

HD FS 231  Guidance in Early Childhood Care and Education (3 credits)  Positive guidance methods for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, leading to self-control and social capability.  Includes focus on home/childcare links. Prerequisite:  HD FS 229

Professional Electives* (Select 6 credits)

HD FS 129 (GS)  Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies (3 credits)  Introduction to psychosocial and family development at all stages of the individual and family life cycle.

HD FS 232  Creativity and Play in Early Childhood Care and Education (3 credits)  Planning for play, creativity and exploration in programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.  Includes focus on home/childcare links. Prerequisite:  HD FS 229

HD FS 233  Emergent Language and Literacy: Development and Practice in Early Childhood Care and Education (3 credits)  Fostering development of language and literacy in infants, toddlers and preschoolers.  Includes children’s literature and focus on home/childcare links. Prerequisite:  HD FS 229

HD FS 234  Mathematics and Science Reasoning: Development and Practice in Early Childhood Care and Education (3 credits)  Fostering development of mathematical reasoning and scientific inquiry in infants, toddlers and preschoolers.  Includes project approach and family focus on home/childcare links. Prerequisite: HD FS 229

HD FS 301  Values and Ethics in Health and Human Development Professions (3 credits)  Examines bases for choices among values in personal and professional relations in human development processes and supporting services.

HD FS 311  Human Development and Family Studies Interventions (3 credits)  Survey of individual and family formal and informal intervention efforts; historical and current perspectives and approaches.

HD FS 330  Observation or Experience with Children, Youth, and Families (1-6 credits per semester)  Directed observations of, or supervised experience with children, youth, and families in group or home settings. Prerequisite:  HD FS 229 or PSYCH 270

*Students are responsible for completing any required prerequisite courses.