Early Childhood Development - Infant & Toddler


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The Early Childhood Development - Infant and Toddler Career Studies Certificate at Piedmont Virginia Community College is designed to prepare students to provide developmentally appropriate learning environments for infants and toddlers. This certificate provides the entry-level competencies documented by Virginia’s Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals.  These competencies include health, safety and nutrition, understanding child growth and development, appropriate child observation and assessment, partnering with families and community, learning environment, effective interactions, program management, teacher qualifications, and professional development curriculum.   

Employment opportunities include positions in childcare centers, Early Head Start classrooms, family day care homes, preschool programs, centers for children with special needs, residential childcare facilities, and industry associated centers.

Students accepted into the program will plan their coursework with the aid of the Program Coordinator or with the dean of the Division of Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social Sciences. 

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Program Requirements

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Required Courses: 

CHD 120 Introduction To Early Childhood Education
CHD 164 Working with Infants and Toddlers in Inclusive Settings
CHD 165 Observe and Participate in Early Childhood/Primary Settings  - 3 Credit Hours
CHD 166 Infant and Toddler Programs
PSY 235 Child Psychology  - 3 Credit Hours
HLT 135 Child Health & Nutrition  - 3 Credit Hours

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Required Skills & Employment Outlook

Jobs this program prepares you for: 

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