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Early Childhood Certificate

Children come to us in all different types of shapes, sizes and behaviors.  Therefore, it is very important for Early Childhood Professionals to continue educating themselves in order to be more proficient in their line of work.  

Students earning this certificate will not only gain insight in the growth and development of children, but will also learn the best practices in early childhood.  Additionally, they will study the historical and present role of adults within the field of early childhood educators.  

Participants may take one class, to explore a topic, or all the courses in a series to complete a certificate. There are no prerequisites to register for these classes, and students have the option of earning semester college credits or non-credit. 

To earn the Early Childhood Certificate, students must successfully complete the following online courses:

CHD310 Growth and Development of Children                           
4 undergraduate credits
This is a broad sketch of human growth and development from pre-natal states to elementary age.  Developmental processes are studied from a biological and developmental perspective.  Personality development and the effects of temperament on learning are discussed.

CHD320 Role of Early Childhood Educator                                 
4 undergraduate credits

This foundational course discusses the roots of early childhood education and the purposes of early childhood in today's society.  The historical and present role of adults within the field of early childhood will be examined.  Learners will explore NAEYC's code of ethics and its implications for the profession.

CHD330 Best Practices in Early Childhood                                 
4 undergraduate credits

This class provides the theoretical framework and best practices for working in early childhood settings.  Learners examine how individualized curriculum and environment can be integrated through developmentally appropriate practices in order to promote the cognitive and social development of children.

To find dates for the above classes, click on the Search for Classes link and choose Early Childhood Certificate from the Category drop down box. This certificate is also available in face-to-face delivery onsite for schools and organizations. For more information contact 651-603-6268. 

How to Register for online courses:
To find dates and times for these
classes please
Search for Classes and choose Early Childhood Certificate from the Category drop down button. Enroll for these courses through the online registration found through the CSP Connect.

Visiting Students please note: Visiting Students are not admitted, non degree seeking through Concordia University and will receive registration help through the Registrar's office by completing and submitting a visiting student's form. After the form has been processed students will be provided a network ID and password to register for classes. Students are also required to make an online tuition payment.

Child Development Association National Credentialing Program (CDA) 
Concordia's Early Childhood Certificate is 12 undergraduate credits (120 clock hours) of course work that address the 8 content areas for the CDA. The intent of the Early Childhood Certificate is to provide content area knowledge and theory, candidates seeking to achieve CDA credentialing are responsible for completing  the coursework ("training"), connecting with a CDA Advisor in their area, submitting the application for assessment, and arranging the visit by a Council member. 

Child Education Institute 1.888.418.5358

These are the required CDA Content Areas and the approximate number of hours provided by the ECE Certificate at CSP

  1. Planning a safe, healthy, learning environment
    Certificate provides: 10 hours
  2. Steps to advance children's physical and intellectual development;
    Certificate provides: 20 hours
  3. Positive ways to support children's social and emotional development;
    Certificate provides: 10 hours
  4. Strategies to establish productive relationships with families;
    Certificate provides: 10 hours
  5. Strategies to manage an effective program operation;
    Certificate provides: 10 hours
  6. Maintaining a commitment to professionalism;
    Certificate provides: 20 hours
  7. Observing and recording children's behavior;
    Certificate provides: 20 hours
  8. Principles of child development and learning.
    Certificate provides: 20 hours