Northwest Community College

Early Childhood Education Certificates

Child Development Associate Preparation Certificate
Mission | Faculty | Outcomes | Coursework

Mission
Successful completion of the Child Development Associate (CDA) preparation training program fulfills the CDA credential’s hourly education requirement and enables students to make application for the nationally recognized CDA Credential. The 12 college credits can also be applied to an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Faculty
Michele Better, mbetter@nwcc.edu, 860-738-6305

Outcomes
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, (research-based NAEYC national standards) well-prepared early childhood graduates should know and be able to:
1. Promote and foster appropriate and ongoing child development and learning.
2. Build family, staff and community collaborative relationships.
3. Observe, document and assess to support young children and their families.
4. Create and implement developmentally and culturally appropriate learning opportunities for young children in a variety of teaching/ learning environments.
5. Become and engaging, reflective, intentionally practicing professional who demonstrates skills for advocacy.

Coursework
SEMESTER 1
ECE* 101 Intro to Early Childhood Education OR ECE* 141Infant/Toddler Growth & Development - 3 credits 
ECE* 180 CDA Credential Preparation - 3 credits 
SEMESTER 2
ECE* 181 CDA Credential Preparation II - 3 credits 
ECE* 182 Child Development - 3 credits 
TOTAL CREDITS 12


Home Child Care Certificate
Mission | Faculty | Outcomes | Coursework

Mission
This is a career program which aims to prepare students to work as child care providers in their own homes or in the child’s home. All courses applicable to an Associate in Science degree program in Early Childhood Education.

Faculty
Michele Better, mbetter@nwcc.edu, 860-738-6305

Outcomes
Upon successful completion of all program requirements (research-based NAEYC national standards), well-prepared early childhood graduates should know and be able to:
1. Promote and foster appropriate ongoing child development and learning.
2. Build family, staff and community collaborative relationships.
3. Observe, document and assess to support young children and their families.
4. Create and implement developmentally and culturally appropriate learning opportunities for young children in a variety of teaching/ learning environments.
5. Become an engaging, reflective, intentionally practicing professional who demonstrates skills for advocacy.

Coursework
SEMESTER 1
ECE* 101 Intro to Early Childhood Education OR ECE* 141Infant/Toddler Growth & Development
- 3 credits
ECE* 176 Health, Safety & Nutrition - 3 credits
SEMESTER 2
ECE* 103 Creative Experiences for Children OR ECE* 106 Music & Movement for Children
- 3 credits
ECE* 206 Administration & Supervision in Early Childhood Programs - 3 credits
ECE* 290 Student Teaching I - 3 credits ♦ Consent of the Coordinator and a minimum 2.5 GPA in ECE* courses are required to be eligible for student teaching.  
TOTAL CREDITS 15

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