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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

ChildCare Education Institute | Evaluated Learning Experience

Online Early Childhood Credential Program


180 hours. 

Online throughout the U.S.

January 2011- August 2023.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: define and apply the basic principles of child growth and development; identify important milestones of physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development during early childhood; list the requirements for and establish and maintain a safe, healthy environment for young children; apply positive guidance techniques that support appropriate social and emotional development of young children; implement effective assessment methods in the early childhood setting; identify elements of a developmentally appropriate curriculum and overall learning environments in the early childhood setting; apply recommended strategies for building and maintaining positive relationships with families; formulate strategies to develop and maintain a successful program operation; maintain a commitment to professionalism and ethical conduct; and list the required components to document professional growth.

This course is taught in an online, module format (with a required textbook) consisting of on-going and cumulative competency based assessments (quizzes and final exam), open-ended essays, student activity and observations/reflections. Students receive on-going monitoring and feedback from personal Education Coaches throughout the process. The program consists of 8 instructional units focusing the Principles of Child Growth and Development, Safe and Healthy Environments; Social and Emotional Development, Motor, Language and Cognitive Development, Principles of Assessment, Program Management, Families, and Professionalism.
Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 12 semester hours in Early Childhood Education (11/10) (12/15 revalidation) (12/20 revalidation).