Early Childhood Education Proficiency Certificate

Do you have an interest in working with young children, but don't know where to start? Our Early Childhood Education proficiency certificate program is a solid choice for students who wish to work with young learners up to five years of age. Through a series of courses with a focus on program planning, you will not only learn to identify key theories of child development, you'll also design course curriculum with a focus on the integrated arts for children birth through age five. This program will enable students to pursue careers as child care practitioners, assistant group supervisors, or teacher aide paraprofessionals and also meets the Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Quality Career Lattice Level III.

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Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education – est. salary $75,800
Kindergarten Teacher – est. salary $71,893
Nanny – est. salary $25,688
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education – est. salary $37,513*


**EMSI Data, 2022; The greater Philadelphia region; a percentage of people in these jobs may have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Early Childhood Education Proficiency Certificate degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.
Course Number and Name Prerequisites Credits
ED 135 - Family and Community Relationships   3 credits
ED 151 - Health, Safety and Nutrition of Young Children   3 credits
ED 230 - Integrating the Arts into Early Childhood Education * ED 105 with a grade of "C" or better and ENGL 101 3 credits

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements is also available.

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