Certificate in Child Development


The School of Professional Studies offers a post-secondary certificate in Child Development that will prepare you to work with children from birth to age eight. Coursework will cover how child-care centers, schools, and families interact to influence development and learning, the foundations of how children learn, strategies to help young children acquire language and literacy skills, and techniques for observing and assessing student growth.

Gaining a certificate from an accredited university can advance your career and put you a step closer to earning a degree! Trinity has small class sizes for individualized attention, and faculty teach foundational knowledge in an applied format, integrating students’ work and life experiences with the course information. All courses can apply towards an  Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education at Trinity Washington University.  Start with your Certificate today and seamlessly move onto an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or even a Master’s Degree program for more career opportunities.

Trinity’s faculty have extensive experience in the early childhood field and our courses are designed to provide you with content immediately applicable to your work with young children. Embedded course assignments and activities are designed to build your professional CDA portfolio.All of the courses are recognized at the Gold Standard level with the Council for Professional Recognition to prepare you to take the CDA qualification.

Program Requirements

Core Requirements (18 credits)

EDCC 205 Children, Families, Culture and the Community in Early Childhood
EDCC 207 Development of Learning Experiences in Early Childhood Education
EDCC 211 Development of Early Childhood Oral Language and Literacy Skills
EDCC 213 Observation, Description and Measurement of Growth in Early Childhood
EDCC 215 Human Growth & Devlopment
EDTE 290 Practicum and Seminar in Early Childhood Learning

Program Policies

Transfer Credit Policy: Transfer credits may be accepted for a certificate program if they meet the student’s planned degree program just as they are for undergraduate degree programs.  Students may transfer up to six total credits in alignment with the certificate curriculum.  All other Trinity transfer credit policies apply.

Stackable Credentials: Trinity certificate courses may be applied to degree programs.  Students enrolled in degree programs at Trinity may simultaneously pursue a certificate and these courses will count toward both credentials.

Academic Standing: Students must earn a C or better in all college level courses in order for the courses to count toward the post-secondary certificate.  Courses in the certificate programs are repeatable.  Satisfactory academic progress is a criterion for the award of financial aid.  Students not making academic progress will be referred to their academic advisor for academic counseling.  All other Trinity academic policies and procedures apply to certificate courses.