Early Childhood Development-Infant/Toddler

This certificate prepares students to provide developmentally appropriate learning environments for infants and toddlers.

Preschool teacher


Career Studies Certificate

Credit Hours


Required Courses

  • CHD 120: Introduction To Early Childhood Education - 3 credits
  • CHD 164: Working with Infants and Toddlers in Inclusive Settings - 3 credits
  • CHD 165: Observe and Participate in Early Childhood/Primary Settings - 3 credits
  • CHD 166: Infant and Toddler Programs - 3 credits
  • PSY 235: Child Psychology - 3 credits
  • HLT 135: Child Health & Nutrition - 3 credits

Transfer Information


Admissions Requirements

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

Program Information

This certificate provides the entry-level competencies documented by Virginia’s Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals. These competencies include health, safety and nutrition, understanding child growth and development, appropriate child observation and assessment, partnering with families and community, learning environment, effective interactions, program management, teacher qualifications, and professional development curriculum. This certificate exceeds the Child Development Associates credential (CDA), which would make PVCC students who hold this certificate fully qualified for any program that requires the CDA as a minimum.

Students accepted into the program will plan their coursework with the aid of the Program Coordinator or with the dean of the Division of Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social Sciences.

Employment opportunities include positions in childcare centers, Early Head Start classrooms, family day care homes, preschool programs, centers for children with special needs, residential childcare facilities, and industry associated centers.