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2017-2018 College Catalog 
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Child Development Certificate, Early Childhood Certificate of Mastery

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Program Description

This curriculum prepares students not currently working in child care to qualify to gain employment in either early childhood or infant-toddler or family child care programs. This curriculum can also be chosen by students who are currently working in child care that do not elect to pursue the national CDA Credential as described in the Child Development Certificate of Mastery. As part of this curriculum plan, students complete three teaching methodology courses designed to give them hands-on experiences working with young children from birth to age eight.

For More Information Contact:
School of Child Development and Education
West Campus:  (918) 595-8077

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Use child development knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging learning environments for each child.
  • Create reciprocal relationships, to support, empower, and involve families and communities in their child’s development and learning.
  • Observe, document, and utilize assessment to support young children and their families.
  • Use supportive interactions, developmentally appropriate practices and instructional strategies and tools to positively influence each child’s development and learning.
  • Use content knowledge to design, implement, and evaluate curriculum.
  • Identify and conduct yourself as a member of the early childhood profession.

As a nationally accredited program, The TCC School of Child Development and Education subscribes to the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation.

Career Opportunities

Head Start teacher assistant (CDA required); child care teacher-master teacher; family child care home provider; child care teaching assistant; family child care home assistant; school-age program assistant; nursery attendant or volunteer; in-home caregiver; camp counselor; substitute teacher; nanny.  Search current career opportunities at TCC Career Explorer and visit TCC Career Services to learn more about our free career planning and job preparation services.

Student Organizations

The CHLD student organization (which was officially named “PACE” or Professional Association of Childhood Educators by its founding members in Fall 2003 is for any and all students (CHLD majors or non-majors) with an interest in child development and/or early childhood education. Group activities include free DHS-accredited training in child care topics, field trips, social and networking events, community service projects, and greeting and orientation services for first-semester CHLD students at West Campus. For more information, contact Dawn Parton at (918) 595-8039 or Debbie Deibert at (918) 595-8108.

Certificate Requirements

View a semester-by-semester course plan of study on the Early Childhood Certificate of Mastery Program Map .

Total Credit Hours: 18

+Students who complete these courses with a grade of “C” or better may apply the credits as controlled electives toward the Child Development Associate in Applied Science degree. Contact the School of Child Development and Education office for more information.

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