The Early Childhood Development program serves the training needs of child care providers who wish to meet the educational requirements set by the Early Childhood Commission.
Program graduates will possess the knowledge and skills needed to:
Maintain a proper learning environment for young children.
Understand stages of physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development in young children.
Relate well to members of each child’s family.
Function on the job in ways that contribute to effective program operation.
The CDA National Credentialing Program is a major effort to enhance the quality of child-care by defining, evaluating, and recognizing the competence of child-care providers. Satisfactory completion of the Certificate of Proficiency program qualifies a graduate to write the Child Development Associate examination, which is administered by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition.
Students in this program must complete their required practicum experiences at a licensed child care facility located in the Ozarka College service area.
First semseter courses are online with 3 required meetings with the instructor throughout the semester. General education courses are completed during the second semester. The program is completed within two academic semesters, and serves as a bridge into the Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree.
Applicants are admitted to this program only after meeting specific health and background criteria. Information is available from the Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator.
All of the courses listed below
COMM1313 Communications3 CPSI1003 Introduction to Computer Applications3 ECD1003 Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education3 ECD1103 Child Development3 ECD1203 Healthy, Safe Learning Environment3 ECD1303 Practicum I3 ECD1403 Practicum II3 ENGL1013 English Composition I3 PHED2023 First Aid3
Requirement: 3 Credits from below
BTMA1033 Math for Business Technology3 MATH1103 Mathematics with Bus Applications3 MATH1203 College Algebra3