The Childcare Specialist Certificate is an in-depth credential for the current or aspiring early childhood professional. It is designed to accommodate the new high school graduate as well as those who may be returning to school after a period of time. Students in this program have found careers in the private and public sectors of education relating to children ages birth through eight. Many of them are teaching in childcare centers and preschool settings.
This 34 credit certificate meets the educational requirements to be a group teacher in a childcare program and is also a great foundation for other child-related careers. Candidates study a variety of topics related to developmentally appropriate practice such as child psychology, guidance, curriculum and instruction. The student may choose to begin their studies with the certificate program, and then continue on to complete their associate degree.
Career Opportunities include (but are not limited to): Infant/Toddler Teacher, Preschool Teacher, Childcare Teacher, Before & After Care Teacher