CERTIFICATE IN PRESCHOOL CURRICULUM DESIGN

The Preschool Curriculum Design Certificate covers basic curriculum design principles for the early childhood environment. Participants will learn about the indicators of effective curriculum and a wide range of recommended strategies and methods for curriculum development at the preschool level. Content centers around the development of early literacy, math, and science skills as well as designing a curriculum based on classroom learning centers.

Program Objectives
Upon satisfactorily completing the Preschool Curriculum Design Certificate program, students should be able to:

Define curriculum and identify the Indicators of Effective Curriculum
Identify recommended strategies for designing, organizing, and maintaining effective learning centers in the classroom  
Identify the stages of language development and strategies for developing a language-rich environment
Identify recommended activities for promoting early science and math skills
Apply knowledge of recommended, research-based practices when designing activities to promote early literacy, science, and math skills in the preschool environment

Student Assessment
Students enrolled in the Preschool Curriculum Design Certificate program are assessed using the following methods:

Competency based multiple-choice questions
Student activities and/or observations with written feedback
End of Course Quizzes in multiple-choice format – Students must pass each quiz with a grade of 70% or better to complete the course.
Cumulative Final Exam in multiple-choice format – Students must pass with a grade of 70% or better to complete the certificate program.

Enrollment Requirements
Must be 18 years of age or older
Must have access to a computer and printer
Must have a valid email address
Must have access to the Internet 
Must be able to speak, read, and write well enough in the language the course is presented in to understand and complete the course material
Course may require observation, assessment, and practical application of learning principles in an early childhood learning environment. Students must be working in or have access to an early childhood environment to successfully complete these course.