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Wyoming Works LogoThis program will enable students to meet the entry-level requirements for employment in an early childhood care and education setting. Students will gain basic knowledge of child development and acquire the fundamental skills necessary to effectively educate and care for young children. In addition to entry-level competencies, this program will also serve as partial completion for Elementary Education majors seeking a minor in Early Childhood Education, or an endorsement.

The certificate provides professional training through a combination of coursework and applied experiences working with children. Students will begin working on their professional portfolio as a requirement of the Child Development course.

Additionally, students seeking Child Development Associate (CDA) completion should note that FCSC 2121, EDEC 1100 & 1105, and EDEC 1300 & 1305 include a combined total of 90 hours of early childhood classroom experience as partial fulfillment to meet the CDA credential. The Child Development Associate credential is recognized nationally for entry level employment into the childcare profession.

Elementary Education majors completing all 12 hours of required courses with a grade of “C” or better, and at least one elective course will receive transfer  credit at the University of Wyoming toward a minor in Early Childhood Education. Students transferring to another four-year institution should consult with their academic advisor regarding transferability of the certificate/courses.

Students must complete all program requirements, including approved electives, with a grade of “C” or better.

Fall Semester

Class Credit Hours
EDEC 1020 – Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
EDEC 1100 – Observation and Guidance of Young Children 2
EDEC 1105 – Observation and Guidance of Young Children Lab 1
EDEC 2000 – Engaging Families in Early Childhood Settings 3
LIBS 2280 – Literature for Children 3
Total Credit Hours: 12

Spring Semester

Class Credit Hours
EDEC 1200 – Administration in Early Childhood Programs 3
EDEC 1300 – Curriculum Planning and Development for Young Children 2
EDEC 1305 – Curriculum Planning and Development for Young Children Lab 1
FCSC 2121 – Child Development 4
HLED 1221 – Standard First Aid & Safety 2
Outcomes Assessment:
Portfolio (Included in FCSC 2121 Course)
Total Credit Hours: 12