Early Childhood Development

Career Studies Certificate

This curriculum is an introduction to the field, designed to provide entry-level competencies documented by Virginia’s Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals. These competencies include health, safety and nutrition, understanding child growth and development, appropriate child observation and assessment, partnering with families and community, learning environment, effective interactions, program management, teacher qualifications and professional development curriculum.


Refer to the catalog for complete program information/curriculum notes.

(Course Number, Course Title, Credits)

  • SDV 100 College Success Skills, 1 cr
  • CHD 120 Introduction to Early Childhood Education, 3 cr
  • CHD 145 Art, Music, and Movement for Young Children, 3 cr
  • CHD 165 Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings, 3 cr
  • CHD 205 Guiding the Behavior of Children, 3 cr
  • EDU 235 Health, Safety and Nutrition, 3 cr

Total credits required: 16