The Early Childhood Education Certificate program combines the theoretical foundations in early growth and education along with the practical skills necessary for teachers to effectively work with young children. The program includes courses that cover fundamental areas of development; developmentally appropriate curriculum planning and implementation; information about creating and maintaining a healthy and safe learning environment; teaching methodologies; standards of professionalism; and one or two 3-credit fieldwork experiences focused on developing skills in observation and recording of children’s development and behavior.
Students completing the certificate program will meet the academic requirements for the Child Development Associate credential through the Council of Professional Recognition, as well as the academic requirements for the Group Teacher Approval through the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), although additional work experience may be required to meet the DYFS requirement. All courses successfully completed in the certificate program can be applied toward an A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education at RVCC. This program may not transfer to a four-year institution.
Graduates are able to:
identify child development principles in preschool children
think critically and communicate effectively, orally and in writing
observe in classroom settings and demonstrate self-reflection with regard to early childhood education
identify appropriate equipment and materials that are basic to preschool programs
identify basic nutritional needs and safety measures necessary in early childhood settings