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Early Learning Assistant Certificate of Specialization

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The Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization prepares Early Learning Assistant graduates to support children and families by providing responsive care and quality education under the supervision of Early Childhood teachers in childcare, Head Start, Early Head Start, and public school programs. Completion of this certificate may allow a student to gain employment in the field and work part-time while continuing either the Early Childhood Education 32 credit hour certificate or AAS degree.

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Course Required Courses
Hours Milestone*
   Directed Electives (See Below) 3  
 ECE110  Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3  
 ECE120  Nutrition, Safety and Health 3  
 ECE130  Essentials of Infant/Toddler Care 3  
 ECE140  >Play as Learning 3  
 SKL101  College Orientation 1  SKL101
     16  
 
  Directed Electives
(select one lab* course and one assessment** coursed)
   
 *ECE150  >^CDA Seminar 2  
 *ECE160  ^Beginning Lab in Infant/Toddler Settings 2  
 *ECE170  ^Beginning Lab in Preschool 2  
 **ECE165  ^Assessment in Early Childhood I 1  
 **ECE175  ^Assessment in Early Childhood II 1  
 
  Total Hours for Certificate of Specialization 16  

 

*It is strongly recommended that students successfully complete the Milestone courses as planned on the academic map to ensure completion of the certificate of specialization in a timely manner. In addition, if students do not successfully complete the Milestone course(s), they are strongly encouraged to re-enroll in the course(s) the following semester.

>Articulation Credit from secondary programs or credit-by-credential with a current CDA.

**A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all required Early Childhood Education courses (prefix "ECE") to earn an AAS or Certificate in Early or an Early Learning Assistant Certificate.

***Virtual course delivery is available for all "ECE" classes required in this degree program and for many other required classes. Talk to your program advisor to learn which courses are offered in the virtual delivery format.

^Please refer to the course descriptions for pre/co-requisite and placement information. You can only register for these courses if you have met the prerequisite, placed into the course and/or enroll in the co-requisite course(s).