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Monday, June 1, 2015

RVCC to offer new early childhood STEM Certificate Program

Written by Hunterdon County Democrat

Beginning in September, Raritan Valley Community College will offer a new program focusing on teaching about science, technology, engineering and math to very young children. The Early Childhood STEM Certificate of Completion program combines the theoretical background material about early growth and development with the practical skills necessary for teachers of children from birth through four years of age.

The 15-credit program is geared toward those who are already working at an early childhood center or preschool, or those interested in teaching very young children. The program includes courses in Early Childhood Curriculum; Methods of Teaching Young Children; Math and Science for Young Children; and Nutrition, Health and Safety for Preschool Children. It also features a cooperative education component.

Students completing the Certificate of Completion program will earn academic credits toward the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential through the Council of Professional Recognition. The CDA credential is the academic requirement for the Group Teacher endorsement from the New Jersey Registry for Childhood Professionals, Professional Impact New Jersey, Certified Child Care Professional (CCP) certificate, and the New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential through Professional Impact New Jersey.

The Certificate of Completion program also can be applied toward RVCC's Early Childhood Education Certificate program, which fully satisfies the academic coursework for the CDA credential and the Group Teacher endorsement.

RVCC's Fall Semester begins Sept. 2. For additional information about the new Early Childhood STEM Certificate of Completion, contact Kimberly Schirner, RVCC Associate Professor of Education, 908-526-1200, ext. 8286 or

Raritan Valley Community College's main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. For further information, visit:

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