Early Childhood Education

Liberty Campus
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Education, Social and Behavioral Sciences Department

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Want to know what you will learn from this program? Here is the list of learning outcomes, and this same list is also available using the navigation menu sidebar. (Printable PDF file here.)

Early Childhood Education Degree (051)
Graduates of BCCC’s Early Childhood Education Program are fully qualified for certification as directors, or senior staff members of child-care programs. They may also work as paraprofessionals in public schools, in hospital child-life programs, and as teachers or assistant teachers in several federal programs. Students are able to expand their job opportunities by earning a certificate in Special Education Assistant, in addition to the Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. The course of study includes: theories of child development and programming for children, theoretical coursework, supervised field placement, and observation. Students are encouraged to develop their skills and techniques, for working with small groups of children in activities such as music, art, storytelling, science, and mathematics. Students learn to create and plan instruction based on individual and group needs, and have the opportunity to work with different staff members and groups.

Early Childhood Education Certificate (251)
This interdisciplinary certificate is designed to prepare students to administer programs for children in day care; work in government service; and work in housing, recreational, health, and social service agencies, where a basic understanding of the nature of children is combined with human services skills. Graduates are fully qualified to manage programs based on a foundation of theory and practical application. The course of study provides training opportunities for those with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, who seek additional credits for upgrading their employment.

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Maryland State Child Day Care Certification
This two-course certification is NOT a college degree or certificate program. These two courses meet the requirements for the 90 clock-hours required for Maryland State Child Care Certification (minimum grades of “C” are required).