Early Childhood Education

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Certificate Program
Program Coordinator: Sheila Skahan - 860-215-9475

This program offers entering students and those already employed in the childcare field an opportunity to increase their knowledge and update their skills. Students may complete this 30 credit program by completing the courses that are listed below.

Students may complete this certificate by completing the courses that are listed below.



Course ID Title of Course Credits
ECE* K101° Introduction to Childhood Education 3
ECE* K182° Child Development 3
ECE* K210° Observation, Participation & Seminar 3
ECE* K215° The Exceptional Learner 3
ECE* K290° Student Teaching I 3
ECE* 1____ Early Childhood Elective (see program coordinator) 3
ECE* 1____ Early Childhood Elective (see program coordinator) 3
ENG* K101° Composition 3
PSY* K111° General Psychology I 3
SOC* K101° Principles of Sociology 3

° Course has a prerequisite. Students should check course description. 


Early Childhood Education, Certificate
Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. explain the development of the child from conception to early adolescence in all areas, including personal and social, physical, cognitive and creative development.

  2. explain the theory, curriculum, and organization of childcare programs working with children 0-8.

  3. plan a basic integrated curriculum for the learning development of the child from 0-8.

  4. understand the goals, benefits and uses of observing, documenting, and assessing to support young children and families.

  5. recognize the special needs of children and use supportive interactions to focus on the child's needs and interests.

  6. demonstrate the ability to work in an early childcare setting by planning curriculum, interacting positively with children and demonstrating professional standards.