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.