Feb 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Early Childhood Education Certificate

Award: Certificate

Degree Code: ECHC

Number of Credits: 16

Program Description

The Early Childhood Education Certificate program is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of child care settings with children from infancy through age eight.  This certificate includes the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) 90-hour certification coursework requirement for child care teachers and directors. Students have the option to continue their studies and earn an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree in Early Childhood Education.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Explain the policies, issues, trends, research, and historical events in the field of early childhood education.
  • Recognize the psychological, cognitive, emotional, and physical characteristics of developing children.
  • Summarize the inclusive philosophies for differentiating instruction to analyze, improve, and facilitate instruction for diverse learners.
  • Construct learning opportunities that support individual students’ development and acquisition of knowledge using the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to development of young children.