Early Childhood Development Undergraduate Certificate

August 15, 2018
Next Start Date
$356 | $969
Residents | Non-Residents Cost Per Credit Hour

Overview

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.

 

There are 15 credit hours in the Early Childhood Development certificate program. 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. 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.



Accreditation

West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. West Virginia University's Professional Education Preparation Unit is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). That Unit includes undergraduate and graduate preparation programs for licensure of teachers and those in educational support areas. This includes programs not only in College of Education and Human Services, but also several which are outside the College (Agriculture, Art, Health, Music and Physical Education).



Admissions

Applicants should have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Applicants must complete the online application and submit official transcripts for all previous institutions they attended or their official high school transcript if fewer than 20 college credits completed. They must also submit a professional resume and a typed personal statement that answers the following questions (minimum of 300 words):

  • What has led you to pursue this undergraduate degree?
  • What are your long-term personal and professional goals?

Application Requirements

  • Apply with the online Undergraduate Application
  • Pay undergraduate application fee
  • Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU), or high school transcripts if fewer than 20 college credits and send to:
    WVU Office of Admissions
    PO Box 6009
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6009



Cost

Residents Non-Residents
Tuition and Fees

for academic year 2017-2018

$356

Per Credit Hour

$969

Per Credit Hour



Curriculum

Course Requirements:

 

View Curriculum

 

 

The curriculum consists of the following courses:

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

Prerequisite CDFS 110
Explores the physical, psychological, and cognitive developmental changes of individuals who are functioning in family systems that change across the life span.
CDFS 316 Child Development Practicum

Prerequisite CDFS 212
Application of child development principles. Involves planning developmentally appropriate activities for three, four, and five year old children.
CDFS 430 Best Practices in PreK Movement

Prerequisite 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 lifelong physical activity (includes a practicum).
CDFS 491A Professional Field Experience (Community Internship)

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.
 

For additional information, contact Nancy Wolfe-Dilgard, CDFS Online Coordinator at (304) 293-3345 or Nancy.Wolfe-Dilgard@mail.wvu.edu. To register for online courses, contact WVU Online & Extended Campus at (304) 293-2834 or (800) 253-2762.

 

Once courses are completed successfully - to obtain a certificate send transcript to: Bobbie Gibson Warash, Ed.D, 507 Allen Hall, PO Box 6122, WVU, Morgantown WV 26506-6122. Include name you want on your certificate and a mailing address.

 

International students will not be eligible for an I-20 student visa form from West Virginia University for this program.



Career Information

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Early Childhood Development Undergraduate Certificate degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

 

Child, Family and School Social Worker

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Kindergarten Teacher

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Childcare Worker

Projected Growth: 5-9% *Bright Outlook

Special Education Teacher - Kindergarten & Elementary

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Elementary School Teacher

Projected Growth: 5-9% *Bright Outlook

Education Administrator - Elementary

Projected Growth: 5-9%
 
Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).