Child Development (Certificate)
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Child Development (Certificate)

Certificate of Mastery

Minimum of 19 credit hours*
Knowing you play a role in shaping a child’s imagination and education is priceless. That’s why Oklahoma City Community College offers four programs for students who are interested in pursuing careers in child development. You can earn an associate degree in arts in child development, an associate degree in applied science in child development, a certificate of mastery in child development, or a child development associate (CDA). Consult a faculty advisor to find out which program is best for you. The certificate program allows you to study courses in the field of child development without taking the general education classes that are required for an associate degree. In this program, you can learn the skills you need quickly so you can enter the job market. Another good thing about this option is that the college credits you earn will apply toward the associate in applied science or associate in arts degrees, so you can always come back to OCCC and further your education.

Courses identified by "C" (or "B") within a program curriculum pattern must be completed with a grade of "C" (or "B" or better) by students majoring in that program.  

*NOTE: More information about the Certificate in Child Development and pending OSRHE proposals for this program can be obtained by contacting the Division of Social Sciences at 405-682-1611, ext. 7573. 

  • Course Sequence
    Course ID Course name Credits Type Min Gd
    Suggested Freshman 1st Semester
    CD 1121 The Child Development Professional 1# Major C
    CD 2113 Introduction to Child Development 3 Major C
    CD 2153 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3# Major C
    ENGL 1113 English Composition I 3 Gen Ed  
    Suggested Freshman 2nd Semester
    CD 2333 Curriculum and Play 3 Major C
    CD 2353 Child Health, Safety and Nutrition 3 Major C
    CD 2363 Guidance of Young Children 3 Major C
  • Course Grouping

    #Major Courses: (16 credit hours) Child Development: CD 1121 (C); CD 2113 (C); CD 2153 (C); CD 2333 (C); CD 2353 (C); CD 2363 (C)

    General Education Courses: (3 credit hours) English: ENGL 1113

    Life Skills Courses: None

    Support Courses: None

    #More information about the major courses and pending OSRHE proposals for the Certificate in Child Development [CD 2113 (C), CD 2443 (C) OR CD 2153 (C), CD 2333 (C), CD 2353 (C), CD 2363 (C)] may be obtained by contacting the Division of Social Sciences at 405-682-1611, ext. 7573. 

  • Program Notes

    Notes: A Certificate of Mastery program is designed to meet the needs of an individual who wants to enter the job market following the completion of the certificate.

    CD 2153, CD 2333, CD 2353, CD 2363, CD 2631, and CD 2641 have a clinical component that requires purchase of liability insurance and a student name tag. Child Development Lab fees are associated with these courses in the amount of $5.00 per credit hour.

    For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our website at www.occc.edu/certificates/

  • Course Descriptions

    Child Development

    CD 1121 - The Child Development Professional
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    1 CREDIT

    This course will introduce students to the Child Development profession and program as well as the fields of child development and early childhood education.

    CD 2113 - Introduction to Child Development
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    This course will identify patterns of the physical, intellectual and emotional/psycho-social development of children. The course will recognize the major theories of human development as they apply to children.

    CD 2153 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    This course explores the early childhood profession and its multiple historical, philosophical, and social foundations, including how these foundations influence current thought and practice. The course contains a laboratory component which must be completed at off-campus approved sites. Students must meet pre-laboratory requirements.

    CD 2333 - Curriculum and Play
    Prerequisites: Earned at least a "C" in CD 2113
    3CREDITS

    This course discusses how to create, evaluate, and select developmentally appropriate materials, equipment, and environments that support children's early learning. It provides the opportunity to plan, implement, and evaluate an integrated curriculum that focuses on children's needs and interests and takes into account culturally valued content and children's home experiences. The laboratory component of the course must be completed at off-campus approved sites. Students must meet pre-laboratory requirements.

    CD 2353 - Child Health, Safety and Nutrition
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures.
    3CREDITS

    This course explores the identification and implementation of best practices for health, safety, and nutrition of young children in a variety of early childhood settings. The laboratory component of the course must be completed at off-campus approved sites. Students must meet pre-laboratory requirements.

    CD 2363 - Guidance of Young Children
    Prerequisites: Earned at least a “C” in CD 2113
    3CREDITS

    This course presents the theoretical basis for the use of positive, constructive child guidance and discipline techniques in programs serving children. The laboratory component of the course must be completed at off-campus approved sites. Students must meet pre-laboratory requirements.

    English

    ENGL 1113 - English Composition I
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    The student will write well-developed compositions which demonstrate the principles of unity, coherence, and organization and which contain specific details and vivid language. The students will locate library material and incorporate researched materials into compositions.

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