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Early Childhood Education Certificate
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General Information

The early childhood education associate of applied science degree program prepares students to provide high-quality care and education of young children birth through age 8. The mission of the early childhood education program at Monroe County Community College is to prepare students for employment in the early childhood education field and for articulation to advanced degree programs in early childhood education. This is accomplished through the provision of classroom learning and practical application in field experiences. These experiences will be provided in multiple settings across varied age ranges and diversity of children and families.

The program prepares individuals for staff placement in:

  • Child care centers
  • Family child care
  • Head Start programs
  • Great Start Readiness Program preschools
  • Preschools
  • Public school latchkey programs
  • Other programs involved in the care and guidance of children and their families

Certificate Program: Early Childhood Education

The early childhood education certificate program is designed for students who will work with and teach young children. Students may use this curriculum to meet state licensing requirements to provide child care in homes, centers and other facilities or for positions as assistant teachers in child care programs. A minimum of 32 credit hours is required for the early childhood education certificate. Courses for the certificate can be applied toward the associate degree.

CDA Credential

The Child Development Associate (CDA) is a national credential earned by individuals working with young children birth to five years in child care settings. The CDA credential is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work to becoming qualified teachers of young children. The candidate must document 120 clock- hours of formal training through course work, 480 clock-hours of current experience working with young children, and complete documentation as required by the Council for Professional Recognition. MCCC courses provide the training required for the CDA and may be applied toward the associate degree or certificate programs. Please note that MCCC does not award the CDA credential. See the Council for Professional Recognition website for more information (



Early Childhood Education
NAEYC Committee on the Accreditation of
Early Childhood Higher Education Programs
1313 L St. NW, Suite 500 Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 232-8777 / (800) 424-2460