Child Development Specialist

Offered at the Following Campus Locations

Program Overview

The Child Development Specialist Certificate program is a series of five courses designed to prepare teachers and child care providers with the foundational knowledge needed to deliver developmentally appropriate services to young children. Graduates are to be able to understand and practice ethical conduct and to provide a safe learning environment for young children birth through eight years old. In addition, graduates will be able to observe and assess the behavior and design age appropriate curricula. Program graduates are qualified for employment as assistants and lead teachers in childcare centers and as Para-educators in public and private school settings. This certificate meets the Bright From the Start licensing requirement for all childcare lead teachers and Family Home Childcare programs.

Entrance Requirements

This program requires either the ACCUPLACER® or COMPASS college placement test and High School Diploma or GED. Minimum Required Age of 16.

ACCUPLACER® minimum scores: Reading Comprehension 55, Sentence Skills 60, Arithmetic 34

COMPASS minimum scores: Reading 70, Writing 32, Mathematics 26

Note: Students will be required to complete a satisfactory National Criminal Background Check before they can complete this program of study