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2022-2023 Chesapeake College Catalog 
2022-2023 Chesapeake College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Development Advanced Certificate (642)

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Award: Certificate

Program Mission: The Chesapeake College Early Childhood Development Advanced Certificate provides students already employed in child care positions opportunities to develop and enhance skill proficiencies in child care management. The program was developed in accordance with Maryland State Department of Education/Office of Child Care Licensing and Regulations standards. The advanced certificate is designed so that students may progress to the Early Childhood Development A.A.S. Degree or the A.A.T. Degree in Early Childhood Development.

Program Description: The Early Childhood Development Advanced Certificate program was designed to provide comprehensive training for paraprofessionals already employed either in child care agencies or in the primary grades of school, for parents who want to learn more about the growth and needs of their children, and for students who are interested in joining the field of early childhood development. Early Childhood Development courses comprise the major part of the program. Students should consult with the College’s Admissions Office or an academic advisor in planning an appropriate program.

Program Goals: The Early Childhood Advanced Certificate program will:

  • Provide students with comprehensive knowledge and training that meets the requirements of the Maryland Office of Child Care requirements for:
    • Professionals already employed in child care agencies.
    • Aides in the primary grades of school.
    • Those seeking a director’s position in an early childhood program.
  • Prepare students for advancement or for further study in the early childhood development field.

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Design meaningful curriculum for infants/toddlers, preschoolers and before and after school age child care programs.
  • Summarize the categories of licensing regulations for the purpose of applying this knowledge in child care settings.
  • Employ multiple modes of observation of individual children and various programs for the purpose of understanding, assessing and designing curriculum for young children.
  • Create developmentally appropriate plans to meet the needs and interests of children from birth to eight years of age.

Gainful Employment Information

Contact Person: 

Sarah Ross, Education Department
Chesapeake College, P.O. Box 8, Wye Mills, MD 21679
410-822-5400, ext. 2327.


Program Requirements

[Courses Appear in Recommended Sequence.]

Minimum Required Credits: 33

Program Electives

Can be satisfied by any of the following courses (not otherwise included as a program requirement):


Field work, clinical placements, and certification/licensure may involve drug testing and/or background checks performed at the student’s expense.

♦ Must be taken within the first 12 hours unless exempted by meeting established standards.


+ See course description for details.

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