Childcare Specialist Certificate

The Childcare Specialist Certificate is an in-depth credential for the current or aspiring early childhood professional. it is designed to accommodate the new high school graduate as well as those who many be returning to school after a period of time. Students in this program have found careers in the private and public sectors of education relating to children ages birth through eight. many of them are teaching in childcare centers and preschool settings. 

This 34 credit certificate meets the educational requirements to be a group teacher in a childcare program and is also a great foundation for other child-related careers. Candidates study a variety of topics related to developmentally appropriate practice such as child psychology, guidance, curriculum, and instruction. The student may choose to begin their studies with the certificate program, and then continue on to complete their associate degree. 

Completing the Childcare Specialist Certificate is the first step toward a career as an early childhood professional, as well as many other child-related careers.  

CDA Educational Endorsement Certificate


CDC-110Early Childhood Development3
CDC-210Curriculum, Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education3
CDC-220CDA Capstone: Effective Preschool Practices3

Childcare Specialist Certificate


English Composition I
Social Science9
General Psychology
Principles of Sociology
Child Psychology
General Education Diversity Elective (Choose two of the following)6
Children's Literature
The Family
Psychology and Education of the Disabled
Childcare Specialist Core16
Music in Early Childhood
Educational Psychology
Early Childhood Development
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education
CDA Capstone: Effective Preschool Practices
Cooperative Work Experience- Child Care 1
Cooperative Work Experience-Child Care - Related Class
Total Credits34

Dr. Melissa Kasmin
Assistant Professor, Psychology and Education
Ph,D, Rutgers University
MSW, University of Michigan
BA, Kenyon College
DH323 973-328-5612,


Course usage information

CDC-110. Early Childhood Development. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
This course studies the growth and development of the child from birth through age eight. It will cover a variety of factors that influence child development such as diversity, culture, health, economic and family environment. Also it provides an overview of the major theorists in the field of human development. There will be discussion regarding these theorists' contributions to understanding how children grow and learn. Students will have the opportunity to observe and report on a variety of teaching and learning venues.

Course usage information

CDC-210. Curriculum, Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
This course studies designing, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate curriculum for children birth through age eight with a focus on language and literacy, social and emotional learning, creative arts, and social studies, math, science and technology. It will cover practical applications of theories and current research in early childhood education, methods of observing children's behavior and progress, and strategies for developing and using curriculum in all aspects of the daily routine. Attention will be given to anti-bias curriculum and elements of diversity that can influence learning including cultural backgrounds, gender, sexual orientation, religion, English language learners, socio-economic status, family circumstances, and children with special needs. A field work component includes observation of curriculum and teaching and learning in an Early Childhood Education setting.
Prerequisites: CDC-110.

Course usage information

CDC-220. CDA Capstone: Effective Preschool Practices. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
This course studies effective, practical, research-based methods for developing preschool teachers. Course content is aligned with the national competency standards for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. It will cover the essentials of planning a safe environment, advancing children's development, building family partnerships, program operations, professional development, authentic assessment, and principles of developmentally appropriate learning. Attention will also be given to current research on brain development in young children, designing the learning environment, professional ethics, and cultural competence.
Prerequisites: CDC-110 and CDC-210.

Course usage information

CDC-228. Cooperative Work Experience- Child Care. 3 Credits.

COOP 3 hrs
This course provides selected students in the Early Childhood programs with job-oriented training and practical experience in a work environment. Students desiring to participate in this experience should make this intention known to the Faculty Special Projects person at the beginning of their third semester.
Prerequisites: ENG-111, ENG-118, MUS-129, PSY-113, PSY-213, PSY-217, SOC-120, SOC-209, CDC-110, CDC-210
Corequisites: CDC-229.

Course usage information

CDC-229. Cooperative Work Experience-Child Care - Related Class. 1 Credit.

LECT 1 hr
A supplement to the cooperative work experience program, this course provides a variety of experiences to further enhance students' career development and occupational development. It also develops positive points of view toward human relationships and the responsibilities of both the employee and the employer.
Prerequisites: ENG-111, ENG-118, MUS-129, PSY-113, PSY-213, PSY-217, SOC-120, SOC-209, CDC-110, CDC-210
Corequisites: CDC-228.