Early Childhood Education Fundamentals Certificate Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this certificate will be able to:

  1. Use introductory knowledge of early childhood development and of individual children in the implementation of early childhood curriculum, teaching practices, and learning environments that are safe, healthy, respectful, culturally and linguistically responsive, developmentally appropriate, supportive and challenging for each child. 
  2. Use knowledge of family structures and available community resources to establish respectful, reciprocal relationships that affirm and respect family diversity and engage families in their child’s development and learning as collaborative partners.
  3. Use observation, documentation and assessment to inform instruction and planning in early learning settings in ways that are ethically grounded and developmentally, culturally, ability, and linguistically appropriate to promote positive outcomes for each child in partnership with families and professional colleagues.
  4. Use supportive relationships and interactions with young children along with developmentally appropriate, culturally and linguistically relevant, anti-bias and evidence-based teaching skills and strategies to meet the needs of each child.
  5. Use critical thinking and problem solving to apply knowledge of child development and early learning standards to the implementation of curriculum across content areas, facilitating individual and group learning.
  6. Use collaborative, reflective, and intentional practice in their work with young children and as members of the early childhood profession.
  7. Use knowledge of history, current issues, the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct, and the mission of the early childhood education profession to support and advocate for young children, families and the profession.