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Child Development (Certificate)

18 Credits  |   Main Campus

Preparation to work with children birth to age eight, 120 hours toward a CDA, and a bridge to an Associate Degree.

Earn a certificate in Child Development that will prepare you to work with children from birth until age eight. Coursework will cover how child-care centers, schools, and families interact to influence development and learning, the foundations of how children learn, strategies to help young children acquire language and literacy skills, and techniques for observing and assessing student growth.

Gaining a certificate from an accredited university can advance your career and put you a step closer to earning a degree! Trinity has small class sizes for individualized attention, and faculty teach foundational knowledge in an applied format, integrating students’ work and life experiences with the course information. All courses can apply towards an  Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education at Trinity Washington University.  Start with your Certificate today and seamlessly move onto an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or even a Master’s Degree program for more career opportunities.

All of the courses are recognized at the Gold Standard level with the Council for Professional Recognition to prepare you to take the CDA qualification. Trinity is the only College/University in the DC region to hold this recognition!

Trinity’s faculty have extensive experience in the early childhood field and our courses are designed to provide you with content immediately applicable to your work with young children. Embedded course assignments and activities are designed to build your professional CDA portfolio

Global Careers

  • Day Care Assistant
  • Residential au-pair/nanny
  • Early Childhood Tutor

Associates Degree
Early Childhood Education

Bachelor’s Degree
Early Childhood Education

Applying to the Child Development (Certificate) Program

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