Certificate inEarly Childhood Education

Students earning this certificate will not only gain insight in the growth and development of children, but will also learn the best practices in early childhood. Additionally, they will study the historical and present role of adults within the field of early childhood educators.

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Early Childhood Education Curriculum Overview

Children come to us in all different types of shapes, sizes and behaviors. Therefore, it is very important for Early Childhood Professionals to continue educating themselves in order to be more proficient in their line of work.

Students earning this certificate will not only gain insight in the growth and development of children, but will also learn the best practices in early childhood. Additionally, they will study the historical and present role of adults within the field of early childhood educators.

Participants may take one class, to explore a topic, or all the courses in a series to complete a certificate. There are no prerequisites to register for these classes, and students have the option of earning semester college credits or non-credit.

Certificate Courses
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
CHD - 410 Growth/Development Child 3
CHD - 435 DAP in ECE 3
CHD - 400 Intro to ECE 3
CHD - 440 Children's Play and Learning 3

This is a broad sketch of human growth and development from pre-natal stages to elementary age. Developmental processes are studied from a biological and developmental perspective. Personality development and the effects of temperament on learning are discussed.

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This is a historical, present, and future perspective of developmentally appropriate practices. Appropriate classroom practices and current topics are discussed.

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This seminar helps students grasp the breadth, depth, and foundations of early childhood education.

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Theories of Piaget, Parton, Erickson, and Vygotsky are studied to determine how children learn to play and the effect that play has on the child's development. Historical perspectives and effects of play on learning are reviewed.

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Requirements

Concordia’s Early Childhood Certificate is 12 undergraduate credits (120 clock hours) of course work that address the 8 content areas for the CDA. The intent of the Early Childhood Certificate is to provide content area knowledge and theory, candidates seeking to achieve CDA credentialing are responsible for completing the coursework (“training”), connecting with a CDA Advisor in their area, submitting the application for assessment, and arranging the visit by a Council member.
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These are the required CDA Content Areas and the approximate number of hours provided by the ECE Certificate at CSP

  • Planning a safe, healthy, learning environment
    Certificate provides: 10 hours
  • Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development;
    Certificate provides: 20 hours
  • Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development;
    Certificate provides: 10 hours
  • Strategies to establish productive relationships with families;
    Certificate provides: 10 hours
  • Strategies to manage an effective program operation;
    Certificate provides: 10 hours
  • Maintaining a commitment to professionalism;
    Certificate provides: 20 hours
  • Observing and recording children’s behavior;
    Certificate provides: 20 hours
  • Principles of child development and learning.
    Certificate provides: 20 hours

Meet Your Professors

Dr. Lynn Gehrke Chair - Department of Undergraduate Teacher Education

Dr. Gehrke specializes in early childhood and elementary education.

Ms. Barbara Wissink Assistant Professor in Education, Coordinator of Reading Licensure Program

Dr. Wissink has the experience to bring course material to life for students and illustrate how practical theories work in the real classroom setting.

Diane Harr Assistant Professor of Special Education, Coordinator of Special Education and Chair of Undergraduate/Initial Licensure Programs

Harr coordinates and teaches in graduate special education programs and undergraduate criminal justice.

Career Potential

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state.

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Childcare Worker
  • In-Home Teacher / Tutor
  • Personal Care Aide

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