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How Can I Earn My Early Childhood Education Certificate?

Written by Autumn Granza on Tuesday, 07 July 2020. Posted in Online College

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To earn an early childhood education certificate you need specific training and learning. If you love children and want to help them grow, earning credentials may be the next step for you. This may open career doors and increase your earning potential.

What is early childhood education?

Early childhood education is the period of learning that takes place in young children. This typically refers to children in their preschool years, before they enter kindergarten. Early childhood education aims to develop children’s emotional, physical, and social needs and behavior. Early childhood educators may be nannies, preschool teachers, daycare teachers, counselors, and more.

What education do you need to become an early childhood educator?

To become an early childhood educator you need an education and training, and requirements may vary by state or employer. Educators need a high school diploma or equivalent. However, employers often prefer to hire candidates with a formal education, certification, or other credentials. As a certified early childhood educator you may increase your earning potential and open doors for more career opportunities.

How can I earn my early childhood education certification?

You can earn an Early Childhood Education Undergraduate Certificate online, at your own pace with Ashworth. Our certificate program may be completed in as little as six months and may help you enter the education field. In our online program, you’ll take lessons such as

  • Child Development. In this lesson, you’ll examine childhood development by observing physical and psychosocial factors that lead to development according to a child’s age. You’ll also learn child development theories and studies.
  • Children’s Literature. This lesson will teach you how to evaluate appropriate resources and how to use these resources in a classroom to meet educational objectives.
  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition. In this lesson, you’ll learn how health, safety, and nutrition are interrelated, how to assess children’s health, plan for safety, attend to injuries, and foster nutritious eating habits.
  • Cultural Diversity. In this lesson, you’ll receive a sociological overview of the ways in which cultural diversity influences children’s social skills and behavior, communication, learning styles, and more.

Upon completion of our certificate program, you’ll be able to apply your studies to the 120 hours of professional education you need to earn your CDA Credential™. To enter the field, you may also need to become licensed. Licensing varies by state. Some employers may also require educators to complete a certain number of training hours annually.

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