Early Childhood Development Certificate
In Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) (CUO9)
It will be reflected on their transcript and the department will issue the student a certificate. The certificate program is not attached to a degree in Child Development and Family Studies. Credit hours earned in the Early Childhood Development certificate can be applied to degree requirements for those students who want to pursue a degree.
There are 15 hours in the EarlyChildhood Development Certificate program. This CDFS certificate will incorporate the West Virginia Core Knowledge and Core Competencies and the West Virginia Early Standards Framework: Early Learning Standards in order to include the most recent requirements set forth by WV agencies responsible for preschool children.
CDFS 110 - Families Across the Life-Span
Explores the physical, psychological, and cognitive developmental changes of individuals who are functioning in family systems that change across the life span.
CDFS 212 - Early Childhood Development. (3 Hr. PR: CDFS 110)
Physical, social, emotional,and cognitive development of children from conception to seven years with implication for guidance and care in practical settings.
CDFS 316 - Child Development Practicum. (3 Hr. PR: CDFS 212)
Application of child development principles. Involves planning developmentally appropriate activities for three,four, and five ye ar old children.
CDFS 430 - Best Practices in PreK Movement. (3 Hr. PR: CDFS 110)
The course will prepare students to plan, develop and implement and appropriate structured movement program so children from infancy through five can be physically active and set the stage for life- long physical activity (includes a practicum).
CDFS 491 - Professional Field Experience (Community Internship) (3 Hr.)
Prearranged experiential learning program to be planned, supervised and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.
All the required courses, above, are currently offered both online and on campus.
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For additional information or to register for online courses, contact WVU Online & Extended Campus at (304) 293-2834 or 1-800-253-2762.