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Child Care

Certificate (C)


This program provides students with opportunities to develop and improve skills necessary to work with children from birth to age 12 in a variety of child-care settings. Graduates with certificates in child care will be able to:

  1. use professional terminology for effective communication;
  2. implement instruction for children;
  3. analyze and resolve problems;
  4. use good human relations skills;
  5. analyze specific early childhood scenarios, and plan specific action;
  6. apply appropriate computer skills;
  7. apply appropriate basic child/classroom observational skills; and
  8. locate, compile and analyze appropriate resources, activities and materials.

Program Requirements and Special Conditions

Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students must also complete placement tests (or equivalent) in English and mathematics, and scores will be used for appropriate course placement. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should see a counselor and returning students their advisor for more information. Students entering the public or private sectors of early childhood may be subject to criminal background and sex offender registry checks and a TB screening as a condition of their placement in a training practicum site. Students will be expected to cover any and all costs incurred for these procedures. This may also be required as a condition of employment.

Program Curriculum

1st Semester Credits Standard Course Options
CHD 120 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3  
CHD 145 Methods and Materials for Teaching Art, Music and Movement to Children 3  
CHD 165 Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings 3  
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
HLT 106 First Aid and Safety 2  
Information Technology Elective 1  
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1  
Total Credits 16  
2nd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
CHD 118 Methods and Materials in the Language Arts for Children 3  
CHD 146 Methods and Materials for Teaching Math, Science and Social Studies to Children 3  
CHD 205 Guiding the Behavior of Children 3  
CHD 216 Early Childhood Programs, School, and Social Change 3  
CHD 270 Administration of Early Childhood Programs 3  
CHD 265 Advanced Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings 3  
Total Credits 18  
Total Credits For Program 34  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

  1. Coordinated Practice I and II are practicum courses and require placement in approved activities by the program head.
  2. Part-time students should consult their faculty advisors regarding appropriate course sequences.
  3. Students who have current certifications in First Aid and Safety and CPR (Child or Adult) can use these to fulfill the two credit HLT 106 requirement. The original cards must be presented to the Admissions and Records office. No online First Aid/CPR cards will be accepted for credit at JTCC.

For additional information on this program, please contact the Division of Engineering, Business and Public Services: 804-706-5121 (Chester) or 804-594-1480 (Midlothian).

2015-2016 College Catalog & Student Handbook


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