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Early Childhood Development Certificate

Early Childhood Development Certificate

In Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) (CUO9)

The Early Childhood Development Certificate is a specialized curriculum designed for those who work in Pre-K classrooms in the public school, Head Start and child care centers who must obtain a specific body of knowledge and need specific written recognition for their ability to work with preschool children. It is a free standing certificate, meaning that anyone can enroll without prior college coursework or a degree, can take the 15 required hours, and (upon completion and passing of course work) will obtain the Early Childhood Certificate.

It will be reflected on their transcript and the department will issue the student a certificate. The certificate program is not attached to a degree in Child Development and Family Studies. Credit hours earned in the Early Childhood Development certificate can be applied to degree requirements for those students who want to pursue a degree.

There are 15 hours in the Early Childhood Development Certificate program. This CDFS certificate will incorporate the West Virginia Core Knowledge and Core Competencies and the West Virginia Early Standards Framework: Early Learning Standards in order to include the most recent requirements set forth by WV agencies responsible for preschool children.

View required courses on the WVU catalog