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Early Childhood Development Certificate

The template below is for students declaring a major for the catalog year 2018-19. The Advising Sheet Archive contains printable advising sheets for the catalog years 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19. Students already with a declared major should view their advising report in SIS for appropriate course selection.

Certificate (C)

C Career & technical education programs for job training = Career & technical education programs for job training, guided by Advisory Committees


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. The Certificate is at Level 5 of the Virginia Career Pathways for Early Childhood and Out-of-School Time Practitioners, where Level 3 is a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential and Level 4 an Early Childhood Development Career Studies Certificate. In addition, students will have earned 31 of the 62 credits required for the Early Childhood Development Associate of Applied Science degree (Pathways Level 6).

Program Requirements and Special Conditions

Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students may need to complete placement tests in English. Visit for all course placement options. If students have deficiencies in English, 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 101 Orientation to Early Childhood 1   SDV 100, SDV 101 Orientation to Future Teachers
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 Requirements  
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3    
CHD 118 Teaching Language Arts Offered Spring only 3    
CHD 146 Math, Science, and Social Studies for Children Offered Spring only 3    
CHD 166 Infant and Toddler Programs Offered Fall only 3    
Total Minimum Credits to Complete 31    


  1. CHD 165 is practicum class that requires students to observe young children and participate in an approved early childhood setting for 40 hours throughout the semester.
  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 should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report in MyTyler – SIS.
  4. Courses noted as Fall only or Spring only are based on historical trends and current planning and may change without notice.

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