PURPOSE: This program trains students in the care, education, and supervision of young children birth to age eight. The curriculum is designed to develop and improve the skills of persons seeking employment in early care and education, or for those persons currently employed who wish to update and enhance their skills. Occupational opportunities include lead teacher or assistant teacher in settings such as preschools, childcare centers and homes, Head Start/Early Head Start programs, and before-and after-school programs. The Certificate is at Level 5 of the Virginia Career Pathways for Early Childhood and Out-of-School Time Practitioners, where Level 3 is a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential and Level 4 is an Early Childhood Development Career Studies Certificate. In addition, students will have earned 31 of the 62 credits required for the Early Childhood Development Associate of Applied Science degree (Pathways Level 6).
By the completion of this program, students will be expected to demonstrate an introductory level of competency in the following skills:
- Apply developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children
- Use systematic observation and documentation to assess the development of all children.
- Implement a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools appropriate for individual children
- Design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate and meaningful curriculum for each child.
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students may need to complete placement tests in English. Visit www.jtcc.edu/placement for all course placement options. If students have deficiencies in English, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should visit the Advising Center and returning students their faculty advisor for more information.
Text in italics and parentheses indicates approved course substitutions. Pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements can be found in course details.