The Early Learning certificate is designed to educate and support individuals in their role as nurturers and caregivers for young children.
The program incorporates positive parenting/teaching skills with a child development knowledge base that promotes developmentally appropriate practices with children & families.
The various early learning/parenting courses offered provide the knowledge and skills that are relevant to people working in early learning settings including home or group settings.
- Plan safe, healthy environments to invite learning
- Facilitate steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
- Create positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development
- Develop strategies to establish productive relationships with children and families
- Observe and record children’s behavior
- Apply principles of child growth and development
Program Entry Information
A variety of Adult/Child and Adult-Only Parenting Discussion courses are offered each quarter.
Participants can register for their course of interest. Half scholarships are generally available.
Students are encouraged to take as many different parenting courses as they wish as their child grows and changes.
Some parenting discussion courses are now offered partially or fully online.
Pre-Program Course Requirements
- Students begin the Program by registering for the certificate courses on a space available basis.
Degree and Certificate Requirements
Certificate completion requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater.
- Students who complete a combination of 12 credits of early learning/parenting courses can apply for the Early Learning certificate. Students need to complete a minimum of 2 credits in Early Learning discussion courses with a maximum of 10 credits in Adult/Child courses with a study of at least two different age groups. It is anticipated that it will take two-three years for students to complete this certificate.