Advanced Child Development Specialist - AE71

Offered at the Following Campus

  • High Schools

Program Overview

The Advanced Child Development Specialist Technical Certificate of Credit is a sequence of seven courses designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the field of early childhood education. This technical certificate will allow area high school students to complete the third course in the Early Childhood Care and Education Pathway. The program also emphasizes brain development, integrating appropriate technology, early learning, and parenting and child guidance trends. Graduates will be able to enter the Early Childhood field, such as child care centers and Head Start, and will have a competitive edge when entering post-secondary institutions to continue their education.

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Present acceptable SAT or ACT scores taken within the last 60 months, or acceptable ACCUPLACER, COMPASS or ASSET scores taken within the last 60 months. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.

Course Overview

Credit Hours
Occupational Courses (20 - 21 hours)

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Introduces concepts relating the responsibilities and procedures involved in a variety of early childhood care situations. Topics include historical perspectives; professionalism; guidance; developmentally appropriate practices; learning environment (including all children); cultural diversity; and licensing, accreditation, and credentialing.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Introduces the student to the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of the young child (prenatal through 12 years of age). The course provides for competency development in observing, recording, and interpreting growth and development stages in the young child; advancing physical and intellectual competence; supporting social and emotional development; and examining relationships between child development and positive guidance. Topics include developmental characteristics, prenatal through age 12, developmental guidance applications, observing and recording techniques, ages and stages of development, and introduction to children with special needs.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Introduces the theory, practices, and requirements for establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment. Topics include CPR and first aid, health issues, safety issues, child abuse and neglect, and nutritional needs of children.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: ECCE 1103

Provides student with an understanding of developmentally effective approaches to teaching, learning, observing, documenting and assessment strategies that promote positive development for young children. The course will enable the student to establish a learning environment appropriate for young children and to identify the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment in the development of curriculum for young children. Topics include observing, documenting, and assessing; learning environments; development of curriculum plans and materials; curriculum approaches; and instructional media.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Enables the student to value the complex characteristics of children's families and communities and to develop culturally responsive practices which will support family partnerships. Students use their understanding to build reciprocal relationships which promote children's development and learning. Students are introduced to local programs and agencies that offer services to children and families within the community. Topics include professional responsibilities, family/social issues, community resources, family education and support, teacher-family communication, community partnerships, social diversity and anti-bias concerns, successful transitions, and school-family activities.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: ECCE 1103

Examines effective guidance practices in group settings based upon the application of theoretical models of child development and of developmentally appropriate practices. Focus will be given to individual, family, and cultural diversity. Topics will include developmentally appropriate child guidance (birth through 12); effective classroom management, including preventive and interventive techniques; understanding challenging behaviors; and implementing guidance plans.
Choose One of the Following (2 - 3 hours)

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: ECCE 1105

Provides the student with the opportunity to gain a supervised experience in a practicum placement site allowing demonstration of techniques obtained from course work. Practicum topics include promoting child development and learning; building family and community relationships; observing, documenting, and assessing to support young children and families; teaching and learning; becoming a professional; and guidance techniques and classroom management.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes human relations and professional development in today's rapidly changing world that prepares students for living and working in a complex society. Topics include human relations skills, job acquisition skills and communication, job retention skills, job advancement skills, and professional image skills.

 

ECCE

Related Program Options:

Early Childhood Care/Education Degree
Early Childhood Care/Education Diploma
Early Childhood Program Administration TCC
Child Development Specialist TCC

BFTS Incentives Program

Program Dean

Lynn Bowen

Dean of Academic Affairs
Office: Lowndes Hall, Room 7244
Phone: (229) 333-2100 ext.5185
Email:
Campus: Valdosta Campus

Advisors

Erin Lee
Amanda Hayes
High School Coordinator
Office: 617A
Phone: (229) 468-2027
Email:
Campus: Coffee Campus

Shamonti Mobley
High School Coordinator
Office: Berrien Hall, Room 310
Phone: (229) 333-2100 ext. 1246
Email:
Campus: Valdosta Campus, High Schools