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, 1.26 million childcare workers were employed in 2014. That number is projected to grow five percent from 2014 to 2024.

Salary Outlook

In Missouri, childcare workers earn a mean average of $20,010, 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.

Source: FOCUS Online Career and Education Planning Systems

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 camp director, child care worker, nanny and recreation supervisor.

Required Courses

Subject Course Title Credits
General Education Requirements (12-13 credits)
Mathematics MAT 108 or  Understanding K-8 Math or 3-4
MAT 121 or higher  Intermediate Algebra or higher
Communication ENG 101 or English Composition I or 3
ENG 102 or English Composition II or
ENG 115 or Technical Writing or
ENG 125 Business Writing
COM 101 Oral Communication 3
Social Science HIS 101 or U.S. History to 1877 or 3
HIS 102 or History Since 1877 or
HIS 115 or U.S. History Since 1945 or
POL 101 or American Government or
POL 102 State & Local Government
Natural Science Any BIO or Any Biology course or 3
Any CHM or Any Chemistry course or
Any PHY Any Physical Science
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 3
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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