Early Childhood Development – Advanced

This curriculum is designed to build upon entry-level skills demonstrated in the Early Childhood Development Career Studies Certificate and as documented by Virginia’s Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals. The Advanced Early Childhood Development Career Studies Certificate incorporates a wider range of child developmental stages and more work on curriculum planning, instruction and assessment. Moreover, it incorporates competencies required for administration of early childhood programs and leadership positions within a child care setting. Possible occupations for graduates include instructional assistants or preschool and childcare workers.

Career Studies Certificate
1 Full-Time Semester or 2 Part-Time Semesters


Completion of the Early Childhood Development Career Studies Certificate (221-636-06) is a prerequisite for completion of the Advanced Early Childhood Development Career Studies Certificate.

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Tuition and Funding Options

Tuition rates for this program are approximately one-third the cost of attending a four-year college or university in Virginia. Compare savings now!

An estimated $15.2 million dollars in grants, loans, work-study and scholarships are awarded to Lord Fairfax Community College students each year. We are committed to using all available funds to help you gain access to a college education.  

Payment plans are offered to break down tuition payments.

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Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education under 34 CFR 668.412 (d) and (e), requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” The information provided below is the best available to us. We hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices:

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