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Child Development

Career Studies Certificate

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The quality of teacher training is a critical factor when it comes to ensuring that children are ready for school. And few careers are as rewarding.

Begin your career with Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Child Development.

This 12-credit certificate provides the entry-level knowledge necessary to work successfully with children. Complete the four core courses, and you’ll be on your way to earning the industry-recognized Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, and you can apply the credits you earn toward TCC’s other early childhood programs.

The research-based curriculum reflects National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Core Values and Standards.

TCC is a South Hampton Roads leader in early childhood education. The college participates in the Quality Rating and Improvement System – or QRIS – which assures parents that their children’s day care centers and preschools have qualified teachers and caregivers and enriching programs. And TCC is the Eastern Region lead for Virginia Quality, the statewide early childhood program.

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Program mission statement

The Early Childhood Development programs prepare students in the care, supervision, and education of young children from birth to age eight. The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree provides fundamentals of child development and educational training for those entering the field. Graduates are equipped with knowledge and skills for work in settings such as preschools, child care centers and homes, Head Start programs, private schools, public schools and before-and-after school programs. 
The Career Studies Certificate programs focus on specific aspects of early childhood and prepare students for work with young children in a variety of school, childcare, and agency settings. 

What does this program cost?

TCC's Child Development Career Studies Certificate consists of 1 semester of part-time study, with classes held on multiple campuses.

Estimated Program Cost*:
12 credits x $185.35 per credit = $2,224.20 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

This program is NOT eligible for federal financial aid. Learn more about paying for TCC.

Where can you go?

While some graduates find entry-level employment after earning the certificate, you can continue working toward your Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • love working with children
  • are patient
  • enjoy a hands-on environment

Hands-on classes taught by student-centered faculty who hold numerous leadership positions in the community.

Observation hours built into every class

This program is NOT eligible for federal financial aid. Learn more about paying for TCC


Child development classes helped Ashley Bradshaw keep her education on track


TCC receives grant to improve early childhood education

For military-related students

If you're an active-duty member of the military, veteran, spouse or dependent, the Center for Military and Veterans Education is standing by to get you started