(12 credit hours)
The purpose of this program is to prepare students as early childhood education caregivers with an Early Childhood Inclusion Specialization or to provide supplementary training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires children be educated in the Least Restrictive Environment (https://sites.ed.gov/idea/regs/b/b/300.114). As a result, there is an increased need for child care center teachers to have education in working with young children with disabilities. Inclusive classrooms and the benefits of early intervention are becoming more widely known and understood. This certificate program will enhance a teacher’s employability in the marketplace. The 12 credit hour certificate is composed of coursework already embedded in the Child Development Early Intervention certificate program. This certificate will provide students with an intermediate step as they work toward the CDEI certificate and continue on for the AS degree in Early Childhood Education .
Program Learning Outcome:
1. Student will demonstrate knowledge of early intervention and inclusion strategies.
To be eligible for this certificate a student must meet:
- have a high school diploma or GED® certificate,
- take a placement exam if not exempt by State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.0315. Insufficient scores will mean the student must take appropriate developmental education courses.
Passing grade on required coursework:
These 12 hours cannot be a combination of 12 Personal Enrichment hours; they must be declared as a major in the degree or certificate seeking process.
Students will earn 12 college credits towards the Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education .