CGCC is now offering a 16- credit “Child and Family Professional Development” academic certificate designed for individuals seeking employment and those currently employed in the field of early education.
“It’s our goal to partner with local early care centers and providers to create an exceptional early childhood workforce,” said CGCC Teacher Education faculty member Jennifer Peterson. “Recognizing that high quality early care requires well-prepared specialists, CGCC began offering coursework and a variety of programs of study in Early Childhood Education.”
Through the series of five courses, students develop a portfolio/resource file, fulfill training clock hours, and apply what they are learning in an early childhood setting through an internship in order to meet a wide variety of national credentialing requirements.
“Students may apply the 16 credits from the Child and Family Professional Development certificate to an Associate of Applied Science in Early Learning and Development offered collaboratively in a variety of formats across four Maricopa Community Colleges (CGCC, MCC, Rio Salado, and SCC),” Peterson said. “CGCC also offers early childhood pathways that serve as a bridge to Early Childhood programs/degrees at the university.”
Pictured: Tamara Twellman (left) and Carol Churan are enrolled in the new CGCC Child and Family Professional Development certificate program.
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