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Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate I (18 Credits)

HDFS student working with facultyThis “step-up” certificate in the associate degree in Human Development and Family Studies focuses on working adults involved in early childhood care and education. This certificate teaches critical skills that will provide theoretical
knowledge along with practical hands-on skills to use at work.

Required:

  • HD FS 129 Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies
  • HD FS 229 Infant and Child Development
  • HD FS 230 Overview of Curricular Practices in Early Childhood Care and Education
  • ENGL 015 Rhetoric and Composition

Electives (pick two of three):

  • HD FS 233 Emergent Language and Literacy: Development and Practice in Early Childhood Care and Education
  • HD FS 231 Guidance in Early Childhood Care and Education
  • HD FS 232 Creativity and Play in Early Childhood Care and Education

Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate II (12 Credits)

This certificate will “step-up” to an associate degree in Human Development and Family Studies. It is especially designed for the adult student working in early childhood care and education. This series of courses can add to the knowledge of the student after taking Certificate I.

Required:

  • PSYCH 100 Introductory Psychology
  • HD FS 330 Observation or Experience with Children, Youth, and Families
  • HD FS 234 Mathematics and Science Reasoning: Development and Practice in Early Childhood Care and Education

Electives (pick one of three):

  • HD FS 233 Emergent Language and Literacy: Development and Practice in Early Childhood Care and Education
  • HD FS 231 Guidance in Early Childhood Care and Education
  • HD FS 232 Creativity and Play in Early Childhood Care and Education

Children, Youth, and Family Services Certificate (30 Credits)

This certificate program is designed to prepare you for a variety of roles in child and youth service settings and family health and welfare agencies. If you want to begin a career in human services, this certificate can give you the opportunity to learn about psychosocial and family development at all stages of the life cycle. Credits earned in this certificate can be applied to the associate degree in Human Development and Family Studies.

Professional Core (15 credits)

  • HD FS 129  Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies (3)
  • HD FS 229  Infant and Child Development (3)
  • HD FS 239  Adolescent Development (3)
  • HD FS 311  Human Development and Family Studies Interventions (3)
  • HD FS 315Y  Family Development (3)
Professional Electives (6 credits)
  • BBH 101  Introduction to Biobehavioral Health (3)
  • HD FS 301  Values and Ethics in Health and Human Development Professions
Foundation Courses (9 credits)
A series of core courses, divided into several areas of focus:

Social and Behavioral Science Foundation Courses (Choose one)
  • PSYCH 100  Introductory Psychology (3)
  • SOC 001  Introductory Sociology (3)
Science Foundation Courses (Choose one)
  • BIOL 141  Introductory Physiology (3)
  • BI SC 004  Human Body: Form and Function (3)
  • NUTR 251  Introductory Principles of Nutrition (3)
Writing and Communication Foundation Courses (Choose one)
  • CAS 100  Effective Speech (3)
  • ENGL 015  Rhetoric and Composition (3)

Adult Development and Aging Services Certificate I (15 Credits)

This step-up certificate in the associate degree in Human Development and Family Studies is designed as a flexible opportunity for people interested in working with older adults in a variety of community settings. The program has been designed in concert with the Penn State Gerontology Center. The courses are divided into a Professional Core (12 credits) and Professional Electives (3 credits).

Professional Core (12 credits):

  • BIOL 155 Introduction to the Biology of Aging
  • HPA 101 Introduction to Health Services Organization
  • HD FS 249 Adult Development and Aging
  • SOC 035 Sociology of Aging

Professional Electives (select one):

  • HD FS 129 Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies
  • HD FS 216 Personal and Interpersonal Skills
  • HD FS 301 Values and Ethics in Health and Human Development Professions
  • HD FS 311 Human Development and Family Studies Interventions
  • HD FS 315Y Family Development
  • NUTR 251 Introductory Principles of Nutrition
  • PSYCH 100 Psychology or SOC 100 Introductory Sociology

 

For more information about this certificate and to register, contact Continuing Education at 717-771-4067 or email ce@yk.psu.edu.

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