Early Childhood Development - Preschool

Degree Type: 

Career Studies Certificate
Early Childhood Education

Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete: 


  • CTE
    CTE (Career & technical education programs for job training)

The Early Childhood Development - Preschool Career Studies Certificate at Piedmont Virginia Community College prepares you to work with young children in a safe and healthy child-care environment to support their individual physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. This certificate meets the requirements for the Virginia Early Childhood Development Certificate (VECD), which is approved by the national office of Head Start to meet credentialing requirements. 

Jobs this program prepares you for: 

  • Child Care Worker
  • Education Administrator
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Teacher Assistant

Required Courses: 

Linked classes are classes that are currently available in the class search.

Additional Program Information: 

Students who use this credential to satisfy national Head Start requirements for Child Development Associates equivalency will enroll in CHD 167 to prepare a portfolio to submit to Virginia Department of Social Services for evaluation.  Students not using this program in that way may choose from the following two electives to complete the certificate.

  • CHD 210 Exceptional Children
  • PSY 235 Child Psychology

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