Good teachers and child care providers don’t just happen! Start your career in early childhood education with Tidewater Community College’s Certificate in Early Childhood Instruction. This flexible program is offered on all TCC campuses.
With this 31-credit certificate, you will be trained in the care, supervision and education of children from birth through age 12. You’ll be prepared to work:
- in public or private child care
- as part of a preschool program
- in home-based child care
- in a before- and after-school program
- as a family nanny
Start making a difference today.
Apply all the credits from this program to TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development.
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.
TCC's Early Childhood Education Instruction Certificate consists of 2 semesters of part-time study, with classes held on all campuses.
Estimated Program Cost*:
31 credits x $185.35 per credit = $5,745.85 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.
While many graduates find immediate employment after earning the certificate, you can continue working toward your Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development.
Finish this program in as few as 2 semesters
Observation hours built into every class
Many students find employment prior to graduation
Hands-on classes taught by student-centered faculty who hold numerous leadership positions in the community
Research-based curriculum reflects National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Core Values and Standards.
TCC 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