CFC Certificate - Child, Family, and Community Studies

CFC Certificate Option

The CFC Studies certificate is designed to support students seeking careers in school and human service settings. The CFC certificate is a step along the pathway to the AAS in Early Childhood Education, and it invites students to apply theories and applications toward a broader perspective, including settings outside of school.

Similar to those students pursuing an associates degree in Early Childhood Education (AAS and AAOT), the Certificate in Child, Family, and Community Studies offers coursework to support students intending to enter the field to serve various roles, including:

  • Early childhood educator roles such as an infant/toddler, preschool/pre-kindergarten, early intervention, special education, or K-grade 3 classroom teacher, family child care provider, Head Start teacher, or paraprofessional in public schools;
  • Home-family support roles such as family advocate, child protective services worker, or parent educator; or
  • Professional support roles such as early childhood administrator in a childcare or Head Start program, staff trainer, peer/program mentor, or advocate at the community, state, or national level.

Certificate Requirements
Note: Classes offered for the certificate include classes offered for AAS and AAOT degrees. Classes may be face-to-face, online or hybrid.

Introduction to Early Childhood Education - 4 credits
Families, Schools, and Communities - 3 credits
Observation and Guidance in ECE - 4 credits
Multicultural Issues in Education - 3 credits
Children at Risk - 3 credits
Mind and Brain - 4 credits
Introduction to Sociology - 4 credits
Developmental Psychology - 4 credits
Human Nutrition - 4 credits
Additional coursework from the Discipline Studies list - 4 credits
Total Credits 37

View CFC Certificate Flyer (PDF)
View CFC Program Description (PDF)

For more information, please contact Amy Howell, Program Director of Early Childhood Education ahowell@cocc.edu