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Early Childhood Development Curriculum

Early Childhood Development

Purpose: The Associate of Applied Science Degree is designed to prepare students as paraprofessionals in the field of early childhood development. Successful completion of the program will qualify students for employment in a variety of situations where care and maintenance of young children is the primary objective. The program will expose students to the characteristics, basic skills, and knowledge necessary for early childhood development providers.
*Not designed as a direct transfer program.

Occupational Objectives: Preparation for positions as early childhood development workers in the following settings: Child Care Centers, Day Care Centers, Elementary Schools (Kindergarten, Special Education, Tutoring), Family Day Care Homes, Head Start Programs, Nursery (Pre-kindergarten Schools), Recreational Programs for Preschool Children, Residential Facilities

Admission Requirements: In addition to requirements for general admission to the College, a personal interview with the program head is recommended.

Program Requirements: The program combines a blend of general education courses with specialized courses intended to provide preparation in the areas most directly applicable to the child-care function. Additionally, the Coordinated Internship courses provide an opportunity for individualized practicum in the type of work situation in which the student is particularly interested.

* Not designed as a direct transfer program.

Course NumberCourse TitleLecture Hours Lab HoursCourse Credits
First Semester
SDV 100College Success Skills101
CHD 120Intro. to Early Childhood Education303
CHD 145Teaching Art, Music, and Movement to Children223
CHD 118Lang. Arts for Young Children223
PSY 230Developmental Psychology303
ENG 111*College Composition I303
Second Semester
EDU 200Introduction to Teaching as a Profession303
CHD 165Obser. & Part. in Early Chld./ Primary Settings163
CHD 146Math, Science, & Social Studies for Children223
ENG 112*College Composition II303
HLT 135Child Health & Nutrition303
Third Semester
MTH 154Quantitative Reasoning303
CHD 205Guiding the Behavior of Children303
CHD 216Early Childhood Programs, School & Social Change303
HIS 121United States History I
HIS 122United States History II
BIO 101General Biology I with Lab404
Fourth Semester
CHD 265Adv. Observ. & Part. in Early Child./ Primary Settings163
CHD 166Infant & Toddler Programs303
CHD 210Intro. to Exceptional Children303
CHD 270Administration of Childcare Prog.303
ENGENG 250 Children's Literature OR ENG 241 Survey of American Lit I OR ENG 242 Survey of American Lit II303

Total Minimum Credits for Early Childhood Development ... 62

*Students who do not wish to pursue a Baccalaureate degree may substitute ENG 101-102 for ENG 111-112.

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Education Path

Degree: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Program Code: 636-03
Program Length: 2 Years – 4 Semesters
Minimum Credits: 62
Distance Learning Option Available
Program Degree Completion Plan 

Program Advisor
Kimberly Austin
Russell Hall Room 132