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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.

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

This academic map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between MACC and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to meet the academic objectives of the college. MACC specifically reserves the right to modify, delete, or add to any academic map at any time within the student’s period of study at the college.

If you have certifications or prior experience in this field of study,
you may already qualify for credit for required classes in this degree program. Click here for more information!