Preschool Education Certificate - (CERT.PRSCE)

Training Program

Credential(s) Offered

Industry certification, Community college certification

Method of Delivery

In Person

When offered

Daytime Hours, Evening Hours, Weekends

Instructional Program (CIP)

Child Development. 190706


Preschool Education CERT.PRSCE – Certificate
A. Program Objective: Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in child development that will prepare them for a national credential and to obtain an entry-level position within the field.


Description: This is a highly individualized, competency-based program taught primarily on-site in early childhood settings where students are working with children. The courses are organized around the competencies adopted by the CDA National Credentialing Program. Employment in this area is expected to rise as Head Start and other day care providers are requiring the CDA credential. This program is “open entry/open exit,” therefore, students may be enrolled at any time. All courses require permission of instructor. Students, in consultation with the Director of Early Childhood Programs, develop the program of study that prepares for the national credential process. Additional modules may be required to demonstrate competency before a student is scheduled for the assessment process. Students will undergo a background and fingerprint check before entering any of the laboratory courses.


Competencies to be achieved:

  • ECE 101- Providing a Healthy Environment for Children in an Early Childhood Program

  • ECE 103- Ensuring a Safe Environment for Children in an Early Childhood Program

  • ECE 104- Planned Arrangements and Schedules

  • ECE 105- Techniques for Observing Children

  • ECE 106- Building Relationships with Parent

  • ECE 107- The Child’s Total Learning Environment

  • ECE 108- Guidance Principles

  • ECE 111- Nutrition

  • ECE 114- Understanding How Children Learn

  • ECE 117- Multicultural and Anti-Bias Curriculum

  • ECE 121- Science and Discovery OR

  • ECE 126- Blocks

  • ECE 123- Literature for Preschool Children OR

  • ECE 129- Emerging Literacy

  • ECE 124- Creative Media

  • ECE 125- Dramatic Play

  • ECE 128- Music and Creative Movement

  • ECE 153- Ages and Stages: The Preschool Years


 B. Total Cost of Program (include all costs to student including testing, licensure):

In-state: $2820.00

Out-of-state: $2980.00



  • In-state tuition: $1472.00plus registration fees listed below

  • Out-of-state Tuition: $1632.00 plus registration fees listed below


Additional Fees:

  • Estimated Book Cost $150.00 (*The following textbooks are used for all ECE courses in the program)

  • Registration/class fees: $35 each, totaling $560

  • Bus Fee: $15 ($5 per semester)

  • Estimated History and Physical Examination Cost: $75 (Possibly needed for volunteer work)

  • Finger Print Clearance Cost: $65 (Possibly needed for volunteer work)

  • TB Screening: $25

  • Credential Assessment: $450

  • Food Handler’s Card: $8 (Possibly needed for volunteer work)


  • C.  Provide a list of all books required for the program (even if cost of books is included in tuition):

Essentials for Working with Young Children (ISBN: 9780988965065 English or 9780988965072 Spanish): $70.00

Preschool CDA Essentials WorkBook  (ISBN: 9780990307297 English or 9780990307259 Spanish): $80.00

D. Provide a list of all supplies required for the program (even if costs are included in tuition):


E. WIOA Contact for Enrollment Status /Credential Verification:

Name: Victoria Willoughby, Administrative Secretary


Phone Number: 928-344-7708


F.  Direct Website link to the program:


G. Additional information:

Student must have High School Diploma or GED.

Students must have 480 hours of volunteer work in order to apply for credentialing.

H.  Refund Policy (provide a summary if Refund policy is not listed on school website):


I.  Credentials: (The following questions must be answered along with a supporting explanation for each)


  • Industry Recognized: Yes, Accredited by National Credential Council for Professional Recognition

  • Stackable: (Part of a sequence of credentials) Yes

  • Career Pathway: Associate and Bachelors

  • Portable: (Yes or No (Explain): Yes, recognized by the state and nation

  • Accredited Curriculum Yes or No: Yes, Higher Learning Commission –Pre-School Education Certificate/National CDA Credentialing program

  • Link to Accrediting Website:

J. Credential Attainment Rate:



Program Length (Weeks)




Entrance Requirements



Arizona Western College

WIOA Approved Program


Curriculum Competency Based


Training Location(s)

2020 S Avenue 8E, Yuma, AZ 85365

Local WIB

9 - Yuma County Workforce Investment Board

Type of Attainment:

Preschool Education Certificate

Name of Credential

Preschool Education Certificate

Type of financial aid offered or have access to

Pell Grant,

Refund Policy

Is the proposed curriculum currently certified by an accrediting agency or similar national standardization program?

Yes - by National Credential Council for Professional Re

Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for women?


Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for men?


Cost Items

Books (Estimated)

$150.00 Costs provided are estimates and subject to change

Testing/Exam Fees

$450.00 CDA Credential

In-State/District Tuition

$1,472.00 Costs provided are estimates and subject to change

Other Fees

$15.00 5.00 bus pass per semester (3 semesters)

Out-of-State/District Tuition

$1,632.00 Costs provided are estimates and subject to change

Registration Fee

$560.00 $35 class fee for each course taken ($35x16=$560)

Supplies/Materials/Hand Tools (not included in tuition)

$173.00 His & Phy exam, finger clearance,TB screen,Food handler's card

Total In-State Program Cost


Total Out-of-State Program Cost


Demand Occupation(s)

25-2011.00Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
$12.02 per hour
Required Certification: Preschool Education Certificate or CDA Credential

Provider Status



2020 S. Ave 8E, Yuma, Arizona 85365

Phone Number

(928) 344-7567

Fax Number

(928) 317-6048

Web Address

Last Updated

Mar 14, 2022


Oct 08, 2013


Mar 14, 2023