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Certificate in Early Childhood Care

"Through our children we can see our future..."


Many aspects in life of a human being is determined between ages 0 and 6. Scientific research has shown that these years are essential for the development of intelligence, personality and social behaviors (Myers, 1995). This is because children's physiological and psychological structures are in full development between these ages. Early childhood is the age when basic skills like walking, talking and relating to others are learned, and when self-confidence is acquired. It is then the time of life when stimulation can have the greatest influence on development because it acts on faculties that are still maturing. The Philippine government wanting to provide impetus to the recognized need for early childhood care and education instituted RA 8980 an ACT PROMULGATING A COMPREHENSIVE POLICY AND A NATIONAL SYSTEM FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT (ECCD) PROVIDING FUNDS THEREFORE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES which primarily "... The State shall institutionalize a National System for Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) that is comprehensive, integrative and sustainable, that involves multi-sectoral and inter-agency collaboration at the national and local levels among government; among service providers, families and communities ; and among the public and private sectors, non government organizations, professional associations, and academic institutions..." To cite a few of its objectives:

  • to enhance the physical social, emotional, cognitive, psychological, spiritual and language development of young children
  • to enhance the role of parents and other caregivers as the primary caregivers and educators of their children from birth onwards
  • to facilitate a smooth transition from care and education provided at home to community and school-based setting and to primary school
  • to ensure that young children are adequately prepared for the formal learning system and that both public and private schools are responsive to the developmental needs of their children

Aquinas University of Legazpi in its response to the paramount need of developing quality early childhood educators, caregivers, day care center workers and supervisors, including responsive parents, designed the following Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education Program. This program will be most needed by those involved in:

  • Pre School Programs
  • Day Care Centers
  • Social Agency Programs

This certificate program is a program of studies leading to an interdisciplinary certificate in early childhood education which is designed to serve students, who in addition to their majors, may develop an early childhood development education by selecting studies in sociology, psychology and education culminating with supervised internship experience with child care centers, preschools and social agency centers. The program requires enrollment in courses that provide an academic base in childhood development and the conditions of childhood. Courses in the program focus on the development of the child from birth through age 6, the conditions of childhood, child care and early childhood education.

Courses Offered

Subject Code Descriptive Tile
Psychology 150 Child Psychology
Education 160 Early Childhood Education
Psychology 201 Human Growth and Development
Health 250 Community First Aid and Safety
Education 240 Health and Nutrition of the Young
Education 112 Curriculum Development
Sociology 370 Social Issues and Family
Social Work 420 Services/Child Welfare
Education 470 Administration of Child Care Program
Education 490 Early Childhood Practicum

Course Description

  • PSYCHOLOGY 150Child Psychology. This is a course that deals with the theoretical and empirical findings in child and developmental psychology from infancy to pre–adolescence are studied. Emphasis is placed on theories of development and factors facilitating and inhibiting human development.
  • EDUCATION 160Early Childhood Education. This course is an examination of the historical, theoretical and developmental foundations for young children from birth to 6 years. While providing an orientation to early education of young children, emphasis will be on programs, current issues, families, community and cultural diversity.
  • PSYCHOLOGY 201Human Growth and Development. This course offers a broad overview of perspectives, principles, theories, and research findings associated with the field of human life–span development. The aim of the course is to provide a foundation of knowledge that will help one become a more effective practitioner, critical decision–maker, and compassionate human being.
  • HEALTH 250Community First–aid and Safety. This course focuses on the principles and techniques of first–aid and safety.
  • EDUCATION 240Health and Nutrition for the Young. This course examines the health and nutritional needs of young children; develops skills in menu planning, selecting safe equipment and toys, routines, to ensure good health and avoidance of accidents and illnesses.
  • EDUCATION 112Curriculum Development for Early Childhood. This course introduces the student to the dynamics of curriculum development. Knowledge of the various notions and approaches to curriculum development is essentials. The role of the teacher, the content and context of early childhood curriculum and the assessment models are also discussed.
  • SOCIOLOGY 100Social Issues and Family Involvement. This course enables the student to value the complex characteristics of children's families and communities, and develop culturally responsive practices which will support family partnerships. Students use their understanding to build reciprocal relationships which promote children's development and learning. Students are introduced to local programs and agencies that offer services to children and families within the community. Topics include: professional responsibilities; family issues; community resources; family education and support; teacher–family communication; community partnership; social diversity and anti–bias concerns; transitions and school–family activities.
  • SOCIAL WORK 101Services/Child Welfare. This course provides an overview of the child welfare system in the country from a generalist perspective. The history of the development of child welfare, policies, programs and services will be examined. The course will review the social and organizational systems that are responsible for the delivery of child welfare services and the ways in which the social workers can influence those systems. Issues that are significant to the social worker practicing in child welfare settings will be explored.
  • EDUCATION 470Administration of Child Care Program. This course examines skills needed for establishing and managing early childhood programs. Emphasizes professionalism and interpersonal skills, program planning, staff selection and development, creating policies, budgeting and developing forms for records keeping.
  • EDUCATION 490Early Childhood Practicum. This practicum is designed to give teacher–candidates exposure to an array of practices in early childhood education. Teacher–candidates in this practicum will have completed Psychology 101, Psychology 150, Psychology 201, Education 112 and Education 160.

Credit Transfer

Credit transfer could be applied for prescribed subjects previously taken from a school last attended.
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