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Early Childhood Education

One-Year Certificate

Interim Dean: Dr. Michael Vitale

Program Coordinator:  Kris Hearn

This program is designed to promote quality early childhood education for all young children, birth through age eight, and to improve professional practice in the early childhood community.

Successful completion of this program will enable you to gain employment in educational and social service settings involving young children and their families. Successfully completing courses in this program will help you gain knowledge and develop basic skills and techniques to assist you in becoming competent in the field of Early Childhood Education.

Students may choose a series of courses that will lead to preparation for the entry level, National Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. These courses bridge into the two-year degree.

Students with a CDA, appropriate documentation, and appropriate work experience may earn up to twelve hours of credit toward the two-year degree.

Since the transferability of courses will vary depending on the specific four-year institution, it is strongly recommended that if students are intending to transfer to a four-year institution, they must consult with the transfer institution and with their respective KCKCC advisor before enrolling in order to determine the transferability of their courses. It is the student's responsibility to follow the transfer requirements established by his/her transfer institution.

General Education Requirements

College Requirement - All first time degree-seeking students who score 73 or above on the COMPASS reading exam are required to take HUDV0100, First Year Experience. All degree-seeking students who score below 73 on the COMPASS reading exam will take HUDV0101, Strategies for Academic Excellence/Lifelong Learning. (See exemptions)

One Year Early Childhood Education Certificate
HUDV0100 First Year Experience or
HUDV0101 Strategies for Academic Excellence and Lifelong Learning
ENGL0101 Composition I*
SPCH0151 Public Speaking or  
SPCH0153 Interpersonal Communication
CHLD0101 Early Childhood Substitute Teacher Training
CHLD0100 Fundamentals of Early Care Education
CHLD0110 Infants and Toddlers I or  
CHLD0112 Preschoolers I
CHLD0111 Infants and Toddlers II or  
CHLD0113 Preschoolers II
CHLD0114 Infant and Toddler First Aid and CPR
CHLD0123 Care of Children with Disabilities
CHLD0143 Creative Experience I
CHLD0150 Multicultural Education of Children: Teaching Children From Around the World or  
CHLD0165 Parenting and Parental Involvement in Child Care Education or
CHLD0220 Wellness, Health and Safety for the Young Child
CHLD0152 Spanish for Child Care Facility Personnel
Total hours required for One-Year Certificate in Early Childhood Education

*See course description for prerequisite.