Early Childhood Education Proficiency Certificate


The Early Childhood Education Proficiency Certificate is primarily for persons in the early care and education field (birth through age five) who wish to expand their career options as well as meet the Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Quality Career Lattice Level III. Career options include child care practitioners, assistant group supervisors, and teacher aide para-professionals with young children birth through age five. Students who have completed coursework in ED 135: Family and Community Relationships, ED 151: Heath, Safety, and Nutrition of Young Children, and ED 230: Integrating the Arts into Early Childhood Education will have met the competencies in the areas of child development, family, community communication skills, the health, safety, and nutrition of the young child for growth and development, and developmentally appropriate program planning with a focus on the integrated arts for children birth through age five.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Early Childhood Education proficiency certificate, students will be able to:

  • Identify key theories of child development
  • Responsibly apply systemic observation, documentation, and other assessment techniques, in partnership with families and other professionals
  • Design, implement, and assess differentiated curricula and experiences to positively influence the development of every child
  • Use critical thinking skills to support the health, safety, and nutrition of young children and their growth and development

Program Entry Requirements:

This certificate is open to interested students. Students are required to satisfy placement at the time of admission. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as part of their certificate. Students earning an A.A. degree in the College’s Education—Early Childhood (Birth-4th) program must take ED 105: Foundations of Early Childhood Education before enrolling in ED 230*.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

Successful completion of the program requires a "C" grade or better in each of the courses listed.

Course Sequence:

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 3 credits

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


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.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450 or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.