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Career Certificate

Early Childhood Education

This certificate program is designed to prepare individuals for employment as teachers and assistant teachers, and it improves the skills of those already working with young children (birth through age 8) in public and private early childhood settings. The curriculum is aligned with the standards issued by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Council for Professional Recognition, and the NJ Early Childhood Core Knowledge and Competencies. The program offers two separate focuses: Infants and Toddlers and Preschool-age children. The program embeds training for the national Child Development Associate (CDA) credential and the NJ Infant Toddler credentials. It meets requirements for group teacher approval according to the NJ Child Care Licensing Code, and it enables students to advance toward the AAS-ECE degree.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Promote child development and learning.
  • Build family and community relationships.
  • Assess to support young children and families.
  • Implement developmentally appropriate curriculum.
  • Demonstrate professionalism.


This program requires the completion of a Criminal History Record Check (CHRC) to ensure that it is appropriate for the student to be in contact with children and participate in field experiences.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) requires criminal history record checks, including fingerprints, for all child care personnel, volunteers and other individuals who will have regular contact with children in a licensed child care program, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A: 6-7.1. See https://nj.gov/education/educators/crimhist/

General Education(6 credits)

Code Name Credits
Any General Education Course XXX (6 credits)
EN 101 Composition I 3
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3

Core(24 credits)

Code Name Credits
ECE 102 Creative Expression--Art, Music, and Movement for Children 3
ECE 105 Health Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child 3
ECE 110 Child Development Associate (CDA) I 4
ECE 111 Child Development Associate (CDA) II 4
PS 201 Child Psychology 3
ECE 202 Supervised Field Experience I 4
ECE 210 Child Development Associate (CDA) Field Experience 3
Choose one (1) of the following OPTIONS

Total Credits 30