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2023 - 2025 Voorhees University Catalog 
  
2023 - 2025 Voorhees University Catalog

Certificate in Child Development (CCD)


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Rationale: Child development is a field expected to expand. Research indicates that quality education from birth to age four makes a measureable difference in later cognitive development as well as social- emotional development. Whether you’ve been working in the field of early childhood care and education for a long time or are new to it, there is always something to learn about young children. Most of the theory in early childhood education might be close to 100 years old, but there is always new and developing research detailing the best practices in childhood development. http://blog.carecourses.com/top-5-reasons-you-should-get-a-cda-credential.

Getting the CD certificate ensures that participants will be introduced to the most current research and best practices in the field. The CD certificate provides training courses designed to overview of the early childhood field including the philosophy, curriculum methodology, program assessment. The certificate experience discusses the role of the childcare professional and emphasizes the role of the parent, the collaboration between the teacher and parent, and instills awareness of growth and development of children from infants.

Child Development Certificate Outcomes: Student Learning Outcomes are clearly delineated by course. As such, each course is designed to exponentially prepare participants for successful completion of the CD certification and the experience will validate skills and knowledge for those participants interested in putting standards into practice and in understanding why those standards help children move with success from one developmental stage to another. The CD certification guide participants to mastery of learning how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children.

CD Certificate Requirements: The Child Development Certificate (CDC) requires a minimum of 18 credits, including 3 semester credit hours which may come from elective course options. Courses are offered in 8 week or accelerated 5-week formats. Participants are required to earn a grade of “C” or higher in all certificate courses.

After the successful completion, students will be able to:


  1. demonstrate behaviors appropriate for teaching children in the early learning settings.
  2. demonstrate comprehension of the fundamental concepts of teaching and caring for young children.
  3. observe actions, language, and social behavior of young children in an Early Childhood Education classroom.
  4. assess children’s skills and behavior based on developmentally appropriate practices, and report their findings.
  5. Identify young children’s characteristics and needs.
  6. demonstrating how to effectively use tools and strategies for child development.

Additionally, students will:

  1. Understand how to address diverse needs of students
  2. Display positive dispositions with respect to attitude, cultural awareness, enthusiasm, personal appearance, professionalism, rapport, reliability, and sensitivity.
  3. Support positive learner self-efficacy

Top jobs available in Childhood Development:

  • Early Childhood Teacher.
  • Early Childhood Consultant.
  • Child Development Family Advocate.
  • Resource & Referral Specialist.
  • Child Life Specialist.
  • Special Education Paraprofessional.
  • Parent Educator.
  • Early Childhood Education Regulator.

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