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Early Childhood Development (Certificate)

Lewis-Clark State College
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Time to Degree
2 semesters

About the Program

The Early Childhood Development Intermediate Technical Certificate prepares students with the skills needed to work in an entry-level position that pertains to careers with children ages 0-5. Examples may include a childcare provider or an early childhood classroom aide. The program emphasizes cognitive development, fine/gross motor physical development, social and emotional development, language and literacy development, and self-help skills of children birth through age eight. Students engage in hands-on experiential learning through an internship placement at an approved early child classroom

Entry into the ITC degree option requires that students work with children in practicum settings. Students enrolling in this degree option must complete an application packet including:

ECD Program Application Criminal Background Check and Fingerprinting Current Certification in Pediatric CPR/First Aid TB Clearance Proof of a Physical Exam Students will not be allowed to register for courses in the program beyond the first semester without a completed application packet. Instructions for completing the application packet will be provided by the program advisor.

Program Requirements

Upon completion of this certificate, students will:

Establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment Assess children’s growth and development, and support physical, intellectual, and linguistic competence Support social and emotional development and provide positive guidance for young children Foster positive and productive relations with families and the community Ensure well-run, purposeful programs responsive to participant needs Maintain professionalism and ethical conduct

  • Core CRT Early Childhood Devel complete the following 3 requirements
    9 credits
    General Education Core.
    Take ENGL 101.
    ENGL101 - Writing/Rhetoric I
    3 credits
    Choose COMM 101 or 204.
    COMM101 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication
    3 credits
    COMM204 - Public Speaking
    3 credits
    Take MTHPT 153.
    MTHPT153 - Statistical Reasoning
    3 credits
  • Early Childhood Dev ITC Major Reqmts complete the following 2 requirements
    20 credits
    Required courses for Intermediate Technical Certificate. Completion of a Technical Skills Assessment is required.
    Early Childhood Development courses. Take ECDPT 100, 104, 108, 112, 150, 155, 205,
    ECDPT100 - Health/Safe/Nutrition
    3 credits
    ECDPT104 - Intro to Early Child
    3 credits
    ECDPT108 - Child Development
    3 credits
    ECDPT112 - Infant Toddler Dev
    2 credits
    ECDPT150 - Observation
    3 credits
    ECDPT155 - Child Family Community
    2 credits
    ECDPT205 - Guiding Young Children
    2 credits
    Take 2 credits of ECDPT 194.
    ECDPT194A - IN:Early Child Dev I
    1 - 6 credits
    ECDPT194B - IN:Early Child Dev II
    1 - 6 credits
    ECDPT194C - IN:Early Child Dev III
    1 - 6 credits
    ECDPT194D - IN:Early Child Dev IV
    1 - 6 credits
Grand Total Credits

* Please note that you must meet with an advisor each semester in order to verify degree completion time as well as online course offerings for the program requirements.