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2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Specialist Certificate

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The Early Childhood Specialist Certificate Program prepares individuals to work with children from infancy through age six in diverse learning environments. Coursework includes child growth and development; physical/ nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communication skills with parents and children. Students will foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional, and creative development of young children. The courses in this program are not intended for transfer to a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. 

Throughout the program, there is considerable emphasis placed on developing professional interaction styles consistent with fostering positive staff relationships, communication, and collaboration with parents, knowledge of community resources, and multicultural awareness of the diverse populations with whom the student will work.

Program Outcomes

  • Complete WV State qualifications to be employed in a childcare center for ages birth to 6 years of age or other employment opportunities in child care centers, preschools, family childcare, and other related programs.
  • Qualify for employment in a preschool child care center under the supervision of a qualified early childhood teacher.
  • Communicate in an early childcare setting professionally and effectively with parents, staff members, and community resources.
  • Complete state requirements for the WV Department of Education to function in a public school setting as a teacher’s aide (permanent authorization per county).
  • Operate effectively in diverse childcare and learning environments.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities include preschools, childcare centers, family childcare, and/or other programs for young children. Because you do not have to follow a set course sequence, you can choose classes that best fit your schedule and specific interests.

The following ECED courses are verified to meet community program requirements for permanent authorization by the West Virginia Department of Education and as required by each county for teacher’s aides:

Curriculum for a Certificate in Early Childhood

General Education Core 6
Early Childhood Core 24
Total Credit Hours Required 30


Program Disclaimer

This curriculum includes a list of courses required for this program of study for this calendar year.  Your Academic Plan can be found on DegreeWorks once you become a degree-seeking student. 

Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs.  BRCTC cannot guarantee that the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive.

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