Early Childhood Education Program Information
Description of Program
The Early Childhood Education/Child Development field is one that provides a wide variety of employment possibilities. Employment includes such areas as child care, preschool teaching, kindergarten and primary school teacher's aide, Head Start family educator, special needs aide and kindergarten and grades one through three classroom teacher. Our children are our future and trained teacher/child care providers help to guarantee bright futures for our children. The Early Childhood Education Program, through a combination of classroom time and hands-on practicum, is designed to develop the skills, competencies, and knowledge necessary to provide quality care and education for young children, both typical and atypical, from infancy through age eight. This program also prepares individuals for assessment for the Child Development Associate Credential granted by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition, Washington, D.C. Options available include the Center-based Program for Infants and Toddlers or Preschoolers, Family Day-Care Provider and Home Visitor.
Acceptance to the college does not guarantee placement in the program. In addition to the college entrance requirements, the Early Childhood Education Program requires the completion of the following:
- Early Childhood Education Program Admission application.
- 1. A personal Interview with ECE advisor, Ellen Neff or Evin Fox
2. Complete a change of major form.
(An official letter of acceptance into the program will be sent.)
- 1. Proof of physical examination
2. Health history, proof of immunizations, and TB clearance
3. Current 1st Aid and CPR certification
4. Criminal Records background check
CDA Contact Information
The Early Childhood Program at CSI is designed to prepare students for assessment for the Child Development Associate Credential granted by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition, Washington, D.C. Specifically, the preparation for Assessment course, EARC 170, is designed for students who are ready to prepare their materials for submission to the Council. For more information about the Council, call 1-800-424-4310 or 202-265-9090 or go to the CDA website www.cdacouncil.org and link to the Council for Professional recognition.