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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.

Required Courses:

CDFS 110: Families Across the Life-Span

Explores the physical, psychological, and cognitive developmental changes of individuals who are functioning in family systems that change across the life span.

3 credit hours

CDFS 212: Early Childhood Development

Physical, social, emotional,and cognitive development of children from conception to seven years with implication for guidance and care in practical settings.

3 credit hours, prerequisite: CDFS 110

CDFS 316: Child Development Practicum

Application of child development principles. Involves planning developmentally appropriate activities for three,four, and five year old children.

3 credit hours, prerequisite: CDFS 212

CDFS 430: Best Practices in PreK Movement

The course will prepare students to plan, develop and implement and appropriate structured movement program so children from infancy through five can be physically active and set the stage for life-long physical activity (includes a practicum).

3 credit hours, prerequisite: CDFS 110

CDFS 491: Professional Field Experience (Community Internship)

Prearranged experiential learning program to be planned, supervised and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.