Program:             Early Childhood (221-636-01)
Award:                 Career Studies Certificate

Program Purpose:

This program is designed as an introduction to the field, and provides entry-level competencies that include safety and nutrition; understanding child growth and development; appropriate child observation and assessment; partnering with families and community; learning environment, effective interactions; program management; teacher qualifications; and professional development curriculum.

What will I learn?

Students successfully completing this program will be able to…

  • Recognize the stages of early childhood development.
  • Utilize the arts and other creative activities for young children.
  • Plan developmentally appropriate activities to stimulate logical thinking.
  • Create ways to build self-esteem and help develop self-control in children.

How long will I need to be in college?

A college-ready student attending Camp full-time can complete this career studies certificate in one semester.

What job or career can I get with this career studies certificate?

Upon completion of the program, graduates will possess the knowledge and skills required to work in early childhood educational facilities such as Head Start program, family day care, and early childhood program such as teacher’s assistant and childcare worker.

What is the job outlook for graduates from this program?

As of the first quarter of 2020, total employment in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region was as follows:

  • Childcare Workers was 4,844.Over the last three years, this field sheded 18 jobs in the region (Source:Jobs EQ Occupation Report Childcare Workers, August 2020).
  • Teacher Assistants was 6,723.Over the last three years, this field added 70 jobs in the region (Source:Jobs EQ Occupation Report Childcare Workers, August 2020).

How much can I earn with this career studies certificate?

Below are the 2019 wages for careers, within the Hampton Roads Workforce Region, that are related to this field.


Entry Level



Childcare Worker




Teacher Assistant




(Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Wages, August 2020)

Want to know more?  Check out the program map and program requirements in the College Catalog.