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Early Childhood Development

Associate of Applied Science

PURPOSE: The two-year degree program in Early Childhood Development is designed to prepare students with skills and theoretical knowledge related to the care, supervision, education, and development of young children from birth to age twelve. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, students will be prepared to seek employment in a variety of positions in the childcare field.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Employment opportunities include preparation or upgrading of skills for positions as child care center directors, assistant directors, before- and after-school teachers or assistant teachers, aides, playroom attendants, home-based providers or day care workers, camp directors, and before- and after-school teachers in the following types of facilities: child day care centers, nursery schools, family day care homes, Head Start programs, recreational before- and after-school programs, hospital-based child care programs, pre-school at-risk programs, and pre-kindergarten church-sponsored programs.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: In addition to the general college curricular admission requirements, all entering students will be required to take placement tests in math and English to aid placement in the appropriate courses. Students who do not meet required placement levels must enroll in developmental studies courses. It is recommended that students arrange for a personal interview and advising appointment with the program head.

It is recommended that students take courses in the sequence listed in the catalog. Students must attain a grade of “C” or higher in all courses with CHD, EDU, and PSY prefixes.

An observation and participation in an approved early childhood/primary setting is required. This is practicum experience internship in a licensed or approved child care setting. It is a planned learning experience for the purpose of pulling together theories and practices learned in the classroom. A Criminal Record Clearance/Sex Offender Registry check is required for placement and volunteering. Students should see the program head for a list of convictions that will prevent employment. Students will be expected to complete a tuberculosis test before placement.

Students must have a valid first aid and CPR certification in order to be eligible for graduation. Valid cards must be filed with the program head or central admissions office prior to graduation and expiration.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115. Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 115. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.

CURRICULUM:

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

CHD 120

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

0

3

CHD 145

Teaching Art, Music and Movement to Children

2

2

3

EDU 235

Health, Safety and 
Nutrition Education

3

0

3

ITE 115

Introduction to 
Computer Applications 
and Concepts

3

0

3

TOTAL

15

2

16

CHD 215

Models of Early 
Childhood Programs

3

0

3

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

0

3

CHD 146

Math, Science and Social Studies for Children

2

2

3

CHD 205

Guiding the 
Behavior of Children

3

0

3

CHD 165

Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/
Primary Settings

1

6

3

__ __1

Personal Wellness Elective

0-2

0-4

2

TOTAL

12-14

8-12

17

PSY 2352

Child Psychology

3

0

3

MTH  2

Approved 
Mathematics Elective

3

0

3

CHD 118

Language Arts for
Young Children

2

2

3

CHD 270

Administration of 
Child Care Programs

3

0

3

CST 100

Principles of 
Public Speaking

3

0

3

__ __1

Humanities/
Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

17

2

18

CHD 166

Infant and Toddler Programs

3

0

3

CHD 119

Introduction to 
Reading Methods

2

2

3

CHD 210

Introduction to Exceptional Children

3

0

3

CHD 216

Early Childhood Programs, School and Social Change

3

0

3

CHD 2653

Advanced Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings

1

6

3

CHD 2984

Seminar and Project

0

2

1

TOTAL

12

10

16

Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree in  Early Childhood Development 67

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1 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.

2 Students considering transfer to a four-year college should consult their advisor about the appropriate transfer course to substitute for this course requirement.

3 Prerequisite is CHD 165.

4 Co-requisite is CHD 265.