Preliminary 2024-2025 Yavapai College Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2024  
Preliminary 2024-2025 Yavapai College Catalog

Early Childhood Education Basic Certificate

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The Basic Certificate in Early Childhood Education is a point of entry or a continuation of professional development in the field of Early Care and Education. The Basic ECE certificate includes competencies that will prepare a student to apply for the national CDA credential.

Twelve credits earned apply to the ECE Advanced Certificate.

Credit Hours Required: 15

Note: A current Arizona fingerprint clearance card is required for students working in the Del E. Webb Family Enrichment Center. A current card in Pediatric First Aid and Safety will be required for graduation.

Thirty-five face-to-face observation hours are required for certificate completion.

This certificate is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid. To explore other financial aid opportunities, please visit YC Admission.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Early Childhood Education - Basic Certificate program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Build strong relationships with families through understanding, respect and valuing the characteristics of both the families and their communities.
  2. Articulate historical perspectives, as well as current trends, in the field of Early Childhood Education.
  3. Apply relationship-based, trauma-informed, proactive strategies to promote pro-social development of young children, aged birth through 8 years.
  4. Identify strategies to plan and implement instructional practices to promote literacy in children birth- age eight.
  5. Apply for a credential from the Council of Professional Recognition (applicable only to students applying for the national CDA credential).