What You Will Learn

The Childcare Specialist Certificate of Achievement at CCM 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 33-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 at CCM.

Why Study Childcare Specialist at CCM?

The Early Childhood Program provides outstanding instruction and experiential learning to prepare students for advanced study and child-related careers in a diverse and changing world. The curriculum is aligned with state and national standards and blends academic and professional preparation in a wide variety of courses. Courses are interactive with small class sizes, and offer on campus, evening, hybrid, and online options.

Faculty are also affiliated with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), New Jersey Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators, and the National Association for Teacher Educators at an Associate Level (ACCESS).

Career Opportunities

  • Before and After Care Teacher
  • Childcare Teacher
  • Infant/Toddler Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher

Where You Can Go

Completing the Childcare Specialist Certificate of Achievement at CCM is the first step toward a career as an early childhood professional as well as many other child-related careers. In addition to supporting you in coursework, faculty are available to guide you in your additional education and career goals. The Early Childhood Program at CCM has excellent relationships with many four-year institutions for graduates to transfer credits towards a bachelors degree.

Contact Info

Psychology and Education Department
DeMare Hall Room 300

Dr. Melissa Kasmin
Faculty Special Projects