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Phone: 717-771-4164
E-mail: hed4@psu.edu

Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate I (18 Credits)

HDFS student working with facultyThis “step-up” certificate in the associate degree in Human Development and Family Studies focuses on working adults involved in early childhood care and education. This certificate teaches critical skills that will provide theoretical
knowledge along with practical hands-on skills to use at work.

Required:

  • HD FS 129 Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies
  • HD FS 229 Infant and Child Development
  • HD FS 230 Overview of Curricular Practices in Early Childhood Care and Education
  • ENGL 015 Rhetoric and Composition

Electives (pick two of three):

  • HD FS 233 Emergent Language and Literacy: Development and Practice in Early Childhood Care and Education
  • HD FS 231 Guidance in Early Childhood Care and Education
  • HD FS 232 Creativity and Play in Early Childhood Care and Education

Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate II (12 CREDITS)

This certificate will “step-up” to an associate degree in Human Development and Family Studies. It is especially designed for the adult student working in early childhood care and education. This series of courses can add to the knowledge of the student after taking Certificate I.

Required:

  • PSYCH 100 Introductory Psychology
  • HD FS 330 Observation or Experience with Children, Youth, and Families
  • HD FS 234 Mathematics and Science Reasoning: Development and Practice in Early Childhood Care and Education

Electives (pick one of three):

  • HD FS 233 Emergent Language and Literacy: Development and Practice in Early Childhood Care and Education
  • HD FS 231 Guidance in Early Childhood Care and Education
  • HD FS 232 Creativity and Play in Early Childhood Care and Education

Children, Youth, and Family Services Certificate (30 CREDITS)

This certificate is designed to improve the quality of planned programs in a wide variety of community settings. It prepares participants for service roles in preschools; day care centers; hospitals; institutional and community programs for emotionally disturbed, abused, or neglected children and adolescents; as well as a variety of public welfare and family service agencies. The primary goal of the certificate is to provide a flexible and convenient opportunity for self-enhancement, further education, and professional development for those currently working or considering a career in human service settings. The 30-credit program offers University credit courses through a flexible instructional program that considers a participant’s past experience, current employment, and future goals. Courses are required in three areas: foundation courses (9 credits), professional core (15 credits), and professional electives (6 credits).

Professional Core (15 credits):

  • HD FS 129 Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies
  • HD FS 229 Infant and Child Development
  • HD FS 239 Adolescent Development
  • HD FS 311 Human Development and Family Studies Interventions
  • HD FS 315 Family Development
  • Additional Courses (15 credits)

 

For more information about this certificate and to register contact Continuing Education at 717-771-4067 or email at ce@yk.psu.edu

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