Early Childhood Development-Preschool

This certificate prepares students to provide developmentally appropriate learning environments for preschool children.




Career Studies Certificate

Credit Hours


Required Courses

  • CHD 120: Introduction To Early Childhood Education - 3 credits
  • CHD 145: Teaching Art, Music, and Movement to Children - 3 credits
  • CHD 165: Observe and Participate in Early Childhood/Primary Settings - 3 credits
  • PSY 235: Child Psychology - 3 credits
  • CHD 205: Guiding The Behavior of Children - 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 career studies certificate is designed to prepare students to work with young children in a safe and healthy environment to support their individual physical, cognitive social and emotional development. 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.

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

Students who use this credential to satisfy national Head Start requirements for Child Development Associates equivalency will enroll in CHD 167 to prepare a portfolio to submit to Virginia Department of Social Services for evaluation.  Students not using this program in that way may choose from the following two electives to complete the certificate.

  • CHD 210: Exceptional Children