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Early Childhood Education Certificate

Individuals interested in preparing for a career working with young children may consider earning the Early Childhood Education Certificate at CDI College. Read more about the program requirements and potential coursework here.

Official Program Name:

Early Childhood Education Certificate

School Offering Program:

CDI College

Academic Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the Early Childhood Education certificate program at CDI College should be interested in working with toddlers and/or infants. Students applying CDI College must either have earned a high school diploma or be 19 years of age and achieve passing scores the college's admissions test; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The Early Childhood Education Certificate program at CDI College is designed to teach students how to engage with children to promote intellectual and social growth. Students may learn why certain activities are conducted in a classroom and the contribution they make to child development. Students also have the opportunity to learn the skills needed to become an educator, including classroom management, curriculum planning, and education administration. The program also requires that students complete observation assignments and practicum hours in order to successfully earn their certification. This requirement is intended to balance theory and practice in the learning process.

Learning Format:

On campus

Financial Aid Available:

Financial assistance programs are available. Please contact CDI College for more information.

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Required Courses for the Early Childhood Education Certificate:

Specific course requirements vary by campus but could include the following topics. Contact CDI College to confirm the most up-to-date information before enrolling in a program.

Common Course Topics

  • Daycare administration
  • Introduction to early childhood education
  • Child growth and development
  • Communication and interpersonal relations
  • Guidance, caring, and behavior management
  • Program planning and implementation
  • Communities, families, and support networks
  • Health, safety, and nutrition
  • Planning indoor and outdoor play environments
  • Developing activity plans
  • Child observation practicum
  • Foundational & summative practicums
  • Social studies
  • Science and math
  • Drama and creative expression
  • Music and movement
  • Learning through play
  • Language and art
  • Language and literature
  • Arts and creative development
  • Introduction to computers
  • Career and employment strategies
  • Student success strategies

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths

Graduates of the CDI College Early Childhood Education Certificate program may have refined their understanding of child development and their classroom management skills to pursue a career working with children. Graduates may find work in settings such as:

  • Daycares
  • Community and family service centers
  • Nursery schools
  • Parents-participation schools

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