The Early Childhood Education - Intermediate Certificate is a 9 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

ECE: SOC S, ART & MUSIC (10307110)


Focuses on beginning level curriculum development in the specific integrated content areas of social studies, art, music, & movement (SSAMM).



This three-credit course examines child development within the context of the early childhood education setting. Course competencies include: analyze social, cultural and economic influences on child development; summarize child development theories; analyze development of children age three through age eight, summarize the methods and designs of child development research, analyze the role of heredity and the environment and examine the role of brain development in early learning (ages three through eight).

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This three-credit course examines positive strategies to guide children's behavior in the early childhood education setting. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; summarize early childhood guidance principles; analyze factors that affect the behavior of children; practice positive guidance strategies; develop guidance strategies to meet individual needs; create a guidance philosophy. This course meets the requirements for the Pyramid Model training.

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Test-Out Option Term Definitions


An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.

Skill Demonstration

A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.

Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration

A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.


A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.

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