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Certification Programs

Early Childhood Development Certificate

In Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) (CUO9)

The Early Childhood Development Certificate is a specialized curriculum designed for those who work in Pre-K classrooms in the public school, Head Start and child care centers who must obtain a specific body of knowledge and need specific written recognition for their ability to work with preschool children. It is a free standing certificate, meaning that anyone can enroll without prior college coursework or a degree, can take the 15 required hours, and (upon completion and passing of the course work) will obtain the Early Childhood Certificate. 

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.

Required Courses:

  1. CDFS 110 -  Families Across the Life-Span  (3 Hr.) 
    Explores the physical, psychological, and 
    cognitive developmental changes of individuals who are functioning in family systems that  change across the life span.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. CDFS 491 - Professional Field Experience (Community Internship) (3 Hr.) 
    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.

For additional information, contact:
Anita Garten
Phone: 304-293-2137

For additional information or to register for online courses, contact WVU Online & Extended Campus at (304) 293-2834 or 1-800-253-2762.