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Early Childhood Development Certificate

Certificate (C)

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This program trains students in the care, education, and supervision of young children birth to age eight. The curriculum is designed to develop and improve the skills of persons seeking employment in early care and education, or for those persons currently employed who wish to update and enhance their skills. Occupational opportunities include lead teacher or assistant teacher in settings such as preschools, childcare centers and homes, Head Start/Early Head Start programs, and before-and after-school programs.

Program Requirements and Special Conditions

Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students may need to complete placement tests in English and mathematics. Visit for all course placement options. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should visit the Advising Center and returning students their faculty advisor for more information.

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Required Courses CR. Pre-requisite Courses Approved Course Substitutions
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1    
CHD 120 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3    
CHD 145 Teaching Art, Music, and Movement to Children 3    
CHD 165 Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings 3   See Notes 1 and 2
CHD 205 Guiding the Behavior of Children 3    
EDU 235 Health, Safety, and Nutrition Education 3    
MILESTONE: Early Childhood Career Studies Certificate (see faculty advisor)
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 See Placement Test Scores  
HLT 106 First Aid and Safety 2   See Note 3
IT Elective 1    
CHD 118 Teaching Language Arts 3    
CHD 146 Math, Science, and Social Studies for Children 3    
CHD 210 Introduction to Exceptional Children 3    
CHD 216 Early Childhood Programs, Schools, and Social Change 3    
Total Minimum Credits to Complete 34    


  1. CHD 165 is an observation and participation practicum class that requires students to observe young children in settings approved by the program chair.
  2. To enroll in CHD 165 students must have a declared early childhood major and complete a TB screening, a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check, as a condition of placement in a practicum site. Students are expected to cover all costs for these procedures.
  3. Students who have current certifications in First Aid and Safety and CPR (child or adult) can use these to fulfill the two-credit HLT 106 requirement. The original cards must be presented to the Admissions and Records office. No online First Aid/CPR cards will be accepted for credit at JTCC.
  4. Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report in MyTyler – SIS.
  5. Courses noted as Fall only or Spring only are based on historical trends and current planning and may change without notice.

2017-2018 College Catalog & Student Handbook

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