Dec 01, 2021  
Academic Catalog (2021-2022) 
Academic Catalog (2021-2022)

Child Development (Diploma)

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Program Description

Graduates are prepared to work with young children and to create and maintain healthful and safe facilities; provide an educational component conducive to intellectual and emotional development; facilitate wholesome social interactions; give adequate custodial care; establish two-way communication with the home; cooperate with their co-workers; keep required records, and behave as a role model.

This program falls under the federal guidelines of Gainful Employment programming. For important information regarding program costs, debt, and potential earnings, please click here. 

Career Opportunities

  • Child Care Worker
  • Child Care Provider
  • Child Caregiver
  • Before and After School Daycare Worker
  • Nanny

Program Objectives

The program objectives for this diploma will follow the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards as follows:

  1. Standard 1: Promoting Child Development and Learning
  2. Standard 2: Building Family and Community Relationships
  3. Standard 3: Observing, Documenting and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families
  4. Standard 4: Using Developmentally Effective Approaches to Connect with Children and Families
  5. Standard 5: Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum

Obtaining the Diploma

To earn the Diploma, students must:

  • Matriculate into the program.
  • Satisfactorily complete all diploma requirements.
  • This degree program requires that all students obtain a current Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check (Act 34), Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151), and Federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) (ACT 114),  to be eligible for the required field experiences. A student should consider these factors before enrolling into this program.

Note: Students are required to have these clearances submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the final day of their first semester. If students fail to have clearances submitted by that time, they will be removed from the program.

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