DALE Certificate - Developmentally Appropriate Learning Environments

The DALE certificate supports students seeking careers in early learning settings. Credits will apply toward the Head Start Reauthorization Act for highly qualified lead and assistant teachers and family advocates. Students considering the Early Childhood Development program at Southern Oregon University or the HDFS program through OSU may apply to program requirements. The DALE certificate is a step along the pathway to the AAS in Early Childhood Education and it invites students to apply theories and applications toward early learning environments.

Short Term Certificate of Completion in Developmentally Appropriate Learning Environments (DALE) - 21 Credits

Certificate Requirements
ED 140 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 4
ED 150 Environments and Curriculum in ECE 4
ED 151 Observation and Guidance in ECE 4
ED 152 Families, Schools and Communities 3

Choose two from the following list:
ED 112 Children's Literature & Curriculum 3 or ED 172 Language & Literacy in ECE 3 or ED 173 Movement, Music & Arts in ECE 3 or ED 174 Math, Science & Tech in ECE 3 or ED 176 Social, Emotional & Mental Health in ECE 3

View DALE Certificate Program Description (PDF)


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

ECE Student teacher with happy preschool student