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About Early Childhood Development

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Early Childhood Development Program

The Early Childhood Development program prepares students by providing a variety of program options that best fits their personal goals. The following are programs that are available:

The Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development contains the courses for the birth through Pre-Kindergarten teaching credential. The state trainings – Pre-K ELLA, INDEX, Frameworks, and SEL – are embedded in the regular courses offered in the teaching credential. This teaching credential allows a student to work in a non-public Pre-Kindergarten classroom, a head start or early head start classroom, or as a Para-Professional in a public school classroom. With this degree a student may also transfer to a four-year institution to acquire a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development.

The Technical Certificate in Early Childhood Development prepares students to work as an aide in an early childhood classroom. The technical certificate contains courses in curriculum development and child behavior. Some of these courses are designed to meet the mandatory competencies for the birth through Pre-Kindergarten Teaching Credential required by Act 187, passed by the Arkansas Legislature during the 2009 session.

The Certificate of Proficiency in Early Childhood Development contains the basic courses that lay a solid foundation for a person wishing to pursue a career working with young children, birth through Pre-Kindergarten. The one-semester Certificate of Proficiency allows students to partially meet the requirements to apply for the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) issued by the CDA Council in Washington, D.C.