Early Childhood Advanced Career Pathway Level III Certificate, Gateways to Opportunity Level III Credential

(formerly Early Childhood Credential Continuing Pathway Certificate Level III)

Curriculum Code: EDU.ECE.CERT (C320A)

(Total Program Credits: 27.5)

The Early Childhood Advanced Career Pathway Level III Certificate is designed for students interested in entering the Early Childhood Education Field or students currently employed within the field seeking to progress in their current role. Students will be introduced to foundational concepts and best practices in the areas of: child development, curriculum and instruction, health, safety and nutrition, guidance and classroom management, diversity and inclusion, and observation, documentation and assessment. Students enrolled in this more advanced pathway are provided the opportunity to develop and refine their skills through hands-on experience and implementation. This certificate will lead to a Gateways to Opportunity Level III Early Childhood Credential. This pathway is designed with stackable course offerings so students can progress within the credentialing system and obtain more advanced certificates and degrees. Field experience/observation hours are a requirement for all ECE courses. Field experiences in this advanced certificate progress from basic observation to supervised implementation within an early childhood classroom setting. All program courses may not transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Early Childhood Advanced Career Pathway Level III Certificate, Gateways to Opportunity Level III Credential, the graduate will be able to:
  • apply Developmentally Appropriate Practice in all aspects of curriculum and instruction;
  • describe the developmental characteristics and needs of children birth through age eight;
  • utilize observation, documentation, and assessment to inform their practices with young children;
  • establish respectful and reciprocal relationship with children and their families;
  • create classroom environments that promote respect and acceptance for human diversity; and
  • exhibit professional practices that are aligned with NAEYC Professional Standards and Code of Ethical Conduct.

(Fall 2021)

Placement Measures

Program Map for Full-Time Students

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 110Early Child Development


ECE 111Introduction to Early Childhood Education


PSY 100Introduction to Psychology


RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #


Total Credit Hours:12

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102.

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 118Health, Nutrition & Safety #


ECE 142Students With Disabilities in School #


MAT 116Math for Elementary School Teachers I #


Total Credit Hours:9

Semester Three: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 138Observation, Assessment, Curriculum and Guidance of Young Children #


ECE 146Child, Family & Community


ECE 153Guiding Children and Managing the Classroom


Total Credit Hours:6.5

Note: A minimum grade of "C" is required for each ECE course in all ECE programs.

See ECE course descriptions.

Chairperson: Ayelet Miller, Email: ayeletmiller@triton.edu, Ext. 3989