Assistant Teacher Certificate - Black Hawk College

Assistant Teacher Certificate

Program Description

The Assistant Teacher Certificate is designed to prepare individuals to be teachers in a child care center and/or preschool setting. The certificate will provide 18 hours credit toward an A.A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education as well as the coursework to equal a Gateways Level 2 credential.


Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Identify knowledge of developmental theories and domains using research-based child development milestone indicators.
  • Assess ECE environment for best practices in health and safety.
  • Identify the role of the environment and importance of relationships in guiding children’s behavior.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the role and influence of families, culture, and communities in children’s development and learning.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of professionalism in early childhood education as indicated by image, behavior and dispositions expected for Asistant Teachers.
  • Demonstrate ability to connect child behavior to appropriate developmental domains.
  • Describe classroom environmental considerations, developmentally appropriate materials, and interactions for various age groups.

Students must successfully document and meet all health and background checks required by academic programs and/or courses.

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Suggested Courses

Course (Credit Hours):

First Semester

ECE 100 Introduction to Early Childhood (3)
ECE 200 Growth and Development of Young Children (3)
ECE 201 Health, Safety and Nutrition (3)
ECE 203 Curriculum for Early Childhood Programs (3)
ECE 222 Child, Family, Community (3)
ECE 224 Methods of Guiding Child Behavior (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree: 18