Child Development Program Requirements

Certificate of Achievement (Level II) NMC Code 002

This program is designed to be a building block program.

By adding certain classes, a student may complete the requirements for an associate’s degree and students may transfer to a college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree. Students may also elect to stay in Traverse City and transfer to the University Center.

Receiving NMC's Certificate of Achievement (Level II) in Child Development qualifies individuals to meet the Early Childhood Lead Teacher requirements for the State of Michigan Licensing Rules for Child Care Centers. In addition, the following classes are approved by the National Child Development Associates (CDA) Program. Students completing NMC's Child Development certificate program and the CDA credentialing process will meet qualifications for Michigan's Licensing Rules for Early Childhood and/or School Age Care Program Director.

Students are encouraged to work closely with the Child Development coordinator to complete this certificate. A 2.0 GPA must be maintained to receive the certicate.

Child Development Certificate of Achievement Outcomes

Students completing the Child Development Certificate will be able to reliably demonstrate a working knowledge of child development from conception to twelve years of age; possess observation skills and tools to assess, evaluate, and build individualized plans for children; apply curriculum development knowledge to provide age appropriate/multi-cultural activities and materials; apply environment design knowledge; demonstrate a working understanding of special need children/families in inclusion/self-contained classrooms; possess working knowledge and skills in discipline management, development of self-esteem and prosocial behaviors; apply knowledge of program management and philosophy building; apply knowledge in working with families, including diverse/multi-cultural systems.

Effective: Fall 2014

Certificate Requirements Credits: 35-36

CD 101 Early Childhood Education


CD 202 Human Growth and Development


CD 203 Guiding Young Children


CD 204 Early Childhood Curriculum


CD 206 Infant/Toddler Development


CD 220 Childhood Program Management


CD 230 Early Language and Literacy


CD 290 Service Learning Internship Experience*


ENG 111 English Composition


PSY 101 Intro to Psychology


PSY 212 Psychology/Exceptional Child


MTH 23 or placement into MTH 111 or higher


* The internship can be split over more than one semester.


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