Intermediate Certificate

Program Advisor: Patricia Kay

After completion of the Introductory Early Childhood Education certificate or equivalent, students may begin work on this second rung in the Early Childhood Education career ladder. This certificate, together with nine months additional experience in the field, prepares people to pursue lead teacher qualification through the Office for Child Care Services. The required ECE courses will be offered in the evening, in rotation.


To earn a certificate in this program, a student must complete all program credits and the additional requirements shown below. 

Program   16 Credits
ECE 122 Special Needs in Early Childhood Ed.  3
ECE 223 Early Childhood Education Practicum II 3
ECE 224 Early Childhood Education Seminar II 1
ECE Early Childhood Electives (1) 6
SOC 105 Introductory Sociology OR  
SOC 136 Sociology of Marriage and the Family 3
As Shown
Demonstrated college-level skills in reading and writing  
Minimum Cumulative Averages Overall: 2.000

Area of Specialization: All Required ECE Courses



The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time to complete the program may vary according to each student's individual needs.

 ECE 122 Special Needs in Early Childhood Education  
ECE 223  Practicum in Early Childhood Education  
 ECE 224 Seminar in Early Childhood Education  
ECE Early Childhood Electives( see footnote 1)  
SOC 105 Introductory Sociology OR  
SOC 136 Sociology of Marriage and The Family  

For information about typical program costs, student loan debt, graduation rates, and jobs associated with this program, read the Gainful Employment Disclosure


  1. One of the early childhood electives must be either ECE 107, Understanding and Guiding Children's Behavior;  ECE 160, Curriculum in Early Childhood Education; or ECE 241, Creativity, a Child's Perspective. For those seeking to work with infants and toddlers, ECE 220, Infant and Toddler Care, should be taken, and the student should select this type of practicum.

NOTES: Should the student choose to continue toward an associate degree, the appropriate program should be the Liberal Arts concentration in Early Childhood Education. Early Childhood electives will not apply to the degree program.

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