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2023-2024 College Catalog 
  
2023-2024 College Catalog

Child Development Specialist, Certificate


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This program prepares students for employment in child care centers and preschools as group teachers and assistant teachers working under the supervision of head teachers.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Use theories and knowledge of growth and development to understand the multiple influences that promote child development and learning.
  • Build relationships with families and the community to create a respectful and reciprocal community of learning to support children and families.
  • Support young children through the use of observation, documentation, and assessment techniques and strategies.
  • Create, implement and evaluate effective early childhood curricula while implementing the philosophy of developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Exhibit characteristics of an early childhood professional by following the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) ethical guidelines, participating in professional organizations and professional development, and advocating for children and families.
  • Program Goals are based on NAEYC Associate Degree Program Standards.

First Year


Total Program Hours: 30


Developmental Courses


Sussex has embraced a practice of directed self-choice whereby students are encouraged, through guided conversations with an advisor, to best determine their readiness for this course. Students should be aware that Developmental Studies  exist and are available to help strengthen skills and encourage success. Pursuing testing and/or developmental courses is entirely up to the student. Further, testing, though providing a valuable reference point for reflection, does not create for the student an obligation to follow Accuplacer recommendations. 

The exception to this is where students seek enrollment in higher-level math courses. Students wishing to enroll in the following math courses are required to take and adhere to placement guidance from, the Advanced Algebra and Functions test, as part of Accuplacer, through the college’s testing center, for admission into any of the following courses: MATH 110, MATH 112, and MATH 113. Please note, courses in other disciplines may also require advanced mathematics placement. Students should check with their advisor. 

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