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Certificate in Early Childhood Education

Program Details

The 27-Unit Certificate program is designed to equip students with a firm foundation of knowledge in the Early Education field.  The certificate is ideal for students looking to complete the lower division early education units necessary to transfer towards an AA or BA in Early Childhood Education.  Students can also complete the certificate program to meet requirements for state permit or employer requirements.  Individuals can choose to complete the 27-Unit Certificate and can also apply for financial aid. The program is committed to making culturally, linguistically, and diverse learning opportunities accessible to all students.

The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from birth through age eight in diverse learning environments. Students will combine theories with practice in settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.

Course work includes child growth and development, physical/nutritional needs of children, care and guidance of children and communication skills with families and children. Students will aim to foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional and creative development of young children. Graduates are taught to be prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in early childhood settings. Potential employment opportunities include child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start Programs, and school-age programs.

The learning outcomes of this program will allow students to: create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children, design and implement developmentally effective curriculum that addresses all domains of learning, and support and empower all children, families, and communities through trusting and respectful reciprocal relationships. Individuals will also learn how to use authentic assessment responsibly to make informed decisions to guide all children's learning, communicate effectively using standard written and verbal skills, utilize technology to enhance learning for all children, and serve as a leader, advocate, and professional in the field of early education.

Accreditation & Licensing

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

Vanguard is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.