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Early Childhood Education


The Early Childhood Education Certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in childcare and satisfies the 120 clock hours of professional early childhood education required for CDA® credentialing awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition. These courses may also be applied toward either an Associate of Arts Degree or an Associate of Applied Science Degree at Northeast Community College

Council for Professional Recognition CDA (Child Development Associate) National Credentialing Program

To earn a CDA® in Infant and Toddler (Birth-36 months), Preschool (3-5 years), or Family Child Care candidates must also obtain 480 hours of experience working with young children and prepare a CDA® professional portfolio. See for additional information about CDA® credential requirements.

You can earn a certificate in early childhood education.
Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 17.5 Credit Hours.


Recommended Core Courses


11.5 Credit Hours
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ECED 1110 Infant and Toddler Development 3
ECED 1120 Preschool Child Development 2
ECED 1150 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ECED 1260 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
HLTH 1730 Pediatric Basic Life Support and First Aid 0.5

Core Option Courses

Early Childhood Education

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3 Credit Hours
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ECED 2070 Family and Community Relationships 3
EDUC 2250 Children's Literature 3

Written Communication

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3 Credit Hours
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BSAD 2050 Business Communications 3
ENGL 1050 Workplace Communication 3

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