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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
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Mastery in Early Childhood Education Certificate

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Certificate | TCHR.MASTERY.CT
CIP Code: 19.0709
Visit Lanham Hall, Room 228A or call 301-546-0697 for your faculty advisor

Program Description

This 26-credit certificate is designed for students who desire to enhance their credentials for working in a child care center as a lead teacher, senior staff, or assistant director. All courses transfer into the Early Childhood Education A.A.S. degree and some courses are also applicable to the Early Childhood Education A.A.T. degree program. Completion of this academic certificate is not a professional certification.

Students in this program are required to submit to a medical and criminal background check in order to participate in the required fieldwork courses. More information about the procedure, cost, timeline, etc. can be obtained through the Education Department Advisor. 

Participation in the required fieldwork courses is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the medical and criminal background check. If a student is denied a fieldwork placement (which is required to complete the program) due to a medical and/or background check result, the student will meet with his or her advisor to discuss options, which could include dropping the course and changing program of study.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Mastery in Early Childhood Education Certificate will be able to:

  • Apply child development and learning theories when choosing developmentally appropriate practices and curriculum for specific and groups of children/students.
  • Write effective and developmentally appropriate lesson plans.
  • Differentiate lessons and activities for a variety of purposes and groups of children.
  • Discuss the skills needed to be an effective part of an educational team.
  • Discuss the skills necessary to effectively communicate with families and the community.
  • Plan, implement, assess and evaluate student learning outcomes for a variety of purposes.
  • Apply multicultural principles and strategies to the planning, instruction, pedagogical, and assessment processes in a classroom.
  • Demonstrate the dispositions and behaviors consistent with professional practice and ethical standards as outlined in the National Association for the Education for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), and other current professional standards.

Note: All TED courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Sequence of Study - Mastery in Early Childhood Certificate

Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does not include developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation  for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.

Required Courses (in expected order)

Program Total: 26 Credits

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