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Early Childhood Development

 

Have a hand in shaping the future of Pre-Kindergarten children.

HCC's Early Childhood Development career programs include an associate degree, a certificate program, or a course series to train students for work in child care centers at varying levels of employment according to class size and the graduate's age and experience.

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    Early Childhood Development
    A.A.S. Degree (Career)

     

    In our society where often both parents are working full-time outside the home, the need for qualified child care providers is growing rapidly. This curriculum is designed to provide the student with a well-rounded background in early childhood development. As part of their career education, many courses assign students to off-campus child care settings where they will interact with young children under the supervision of professionals in the field. Graduates of this area of study, under current State of Maryland regulations, will have the skills necessary to become a Director of a Child Care Center licensed for more than forty children provided that they have two years of experience in an early childhood program and are at least 21 years of age.

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    Early Childhood Development
    Certificate (Career)*

     

    This sequence of courses is designed to provide concentrated study and hands-on experience in early childhood development, curriculum, and classroom management. Successful completion of this certificate will indicate that the student has met the educational requirements, under current State of Maryland regulations, for employment as a Director of a Child Care Center licensed for up to twenty children, provided the individual has at least one year of experience in a licensed early childhood program and is at least 21 years of age; a Child Care Teacher in a Child Care Center, provided the individual is at least 19 years of age; or as an Aide in a Child Care Center.

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    Early Childhood Development
    Letter of Recognition (Career)

     

    Successful completion of these two courses will indicate that the student has met the educational requirements, under current state of Maryland regulations, for employment as a Child Care Teacher in a Child Care Center provided that the individual has one year of experience in an early childhood program or one year of college, and is at least 19 years of age; or as an Aide in a Child Care Center.

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    * For important information about this program, including the graduation rate and median debt of students who completed, please visit the program disclosure information page.

 

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