Early Childhood Development - Preschool

Early Childhood Education

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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 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.   

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. 


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

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Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete: 


Required Courses: 

CHD 120 Introduction To Early Childhood Education
CHD 145 Teaching Art, Music, and Movement to Children  - 3 Credit Hours
CHD 165 Observe and Participate in Early Childhood/Primary Settings  - 3 Credit Hours
PSY 235 Child Psychology  - 3 Credit Hours
CHD 205 Guiding The Behavior of Children
HLT 135 Child Health & Nutrition  - 3 Credit Hours

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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

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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