Child Care & Early Education C.A.

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Child Care & Early Education C.A.

Department: Child Care and Early Education

Total Credit Hours: 36-37 credits

What Is Child Care & Early Education C.A.?

This certificate prepares students for entry-level or assistant positions in early childhood programs.

Occupational Outlook

Employment of child care and early education shows a growing trend through the next decade. Employment growth is expected due to increases in student enrollment in childcare and preschool.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this field is projected to grow 5 to 8 percent from 2012-2024.

Salary Outlook

In Missouri, childcare workers earn a mean average of $22,930, depending on education, experience and employer.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics and FOCUS Online Career and Education Planning System

Child Care & Early Education Careers

SCC graduates with a Certificate of Achievement (C.A.) in child care and early education are employed in careers including child care worker, nanny and camp counselor.

Required Courses

Subject Course Title Credits
General Education Requirements (12-13 credits)
Mathematics MAT 108 or  Understanding K-8 Math 3-4
MAT 121 or higher  Intermediate Algebra or higher
Communication ENG 101 or English Composition I  3
Social Science HIS 101 or U.S. History to 1877  3
HIS 102 or History Since 1877 
HIS 115 or U.S. History Since 1945 
POL 101 or American Government 
POL 102 State & Local Government
Natural Science Any BIO or Any Biology course  3
Any CHM or Any Chemistry course 
Any PHY Any Physical Science course
Core Course Requirements (18 credits)
CDC 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
CDC 104 Principles of Early Childhood Curriculum 3
CDC 105 Early Childhood Practicum I 2
CDC 107 Introduction to Young Children With Special Needs 3
CDC 109 Early Childhood Practicum I Seminar 1
CDC 112 Child Growth & Development I: Prenatal Through Early Childhood 3
CDC 208 Nutrition, Health & Safety of Children 3
Elective Courses in Child Care (6 credits) - Choose two
CDC 102 Creative Activities and Play for Young Children 3
CDC 103 Literacy & Literature for Young Children 3
CDC 106 Experiences in Early Childhood Education 1-3
CDC 108 Infant & Toddler Development and Curriculum 3
CDC 201 Cognitive Activities and STEM for Young Children 3
CDC 202 Music & Movement for Young Children 3
CDC 204 Management of Early Childhood Programs 3
Total Required Hours: 36-37 credits

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