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Early Childhood Development

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:
  1. Maintain a proper learning environment for young children.
  2. Understand stages of physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development in young children.
  3. Relate well to members of each child’s family.
  4. 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 must pass the examination to become certified.

Students in this program must complete their required practicum experiences at a licensed child care facility located in the Ozarka College service area. Courses for this program are offered online with 3 meetings with the instructor throughout the semester. Program may be completed within one academic semester. 

Applicants are admitted to this program only after meeting specific health and background criteria.  Information is available from the Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS ECD - CP Early Childhood Education

All of the courses listed below

ECD1003 Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education3
ECD1103 Child Development3
ECD1203 Healthy, Safe Learning Environment3
ECD1303 Practicum I3
ECD1403 Practicum II3

CP Early Childhood Development

Program Length: 4 months
Credits: 15

CIP Code: 190706

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