Early Childhood Development (636)

Award: Associate of Applied Science Degree

Major: Early Childhood Development

Length: Variable (Designed for both part-time and full-time students)

Lead Faculty/Program Head:

Purpose: This curriculum is designed to prepare students for the care, supervision, and education of young children from birth to eight years. Graduates will also qualify for working with children up to age twelve in after-school programs. Individuals already workingin the field may up-grade their skills and qualify for advancement.

Occupational Objectives

Students receiving an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Development will have a variety of occupational choices, some of which are listed below:

  • Daycare/Preschool/After-School Director
  • Daycare/Preschool/After-School Manager
  • Daycare/Preschool/After-School Teacher
  • Teacher’s Assistant
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Head Start Teacher’s Assistant

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admissions requirements established for the College, entry into Early Childhood Development requires proficiency in reading, basic arithmetic, and standard written English, and computer usage as measured by the placement tests offered at the College. Students who do not have these proficiencies must correct their deficiencies by taking developmental courses (i.e., ITE 101and 115).

Students should be advised that many agencies require a criminal background check through the Virginia State Police Department and a child abuse check through the Virginia Department of Social Services before employment involving contact with young children. In addition, some child care facilities and schools may require proof of specific vaccinations and health related tests for students to complete their supervised workplace experiences.

Program Requirements

Students in Early Childhood Development, in addition to meeting the requirements of the College for graduation, must also successfully complete all CHD courses with a minimum grade of “C.” Several of the CHD courses require field observations and/or participation, which may require students to be available during regular operating hours of early childhood settings.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the AAS Early Childhood Development Program, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize the stages of early childhood development.
  2. Create positive ways to build self-esteem in children and to help them develop self control.
  3. Illustrate developmentally appropriate techniques and methods for encouraging the development of language, literacy, math, science and social studies.
  4. Utilize the arts and other creative developmentally appropriate activities for young children.
  5. Demonstrate the planning and implementation of programs in group-care with emphasis on health and safety policies, record-keeping, and reporting to parents.
  6. Implement the theory and practice in movement and music education into an integrated curriculum.
  7. Use developmentally appropriate practices to plan activities to stimulate the logical thinking skills in children.

Course Schedule

Sample Schedule

FIRST YEAR
Fall Term
CHD 118 Language Arts for Young Children 3
CHD 120 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
CHD 145 Teaching Art, Music and Movement to Children 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
MTH 151/163 Mathematics for Liberal Arts I or Precalculus 3
Total 16

Spring Term
CHD 119 Introduction to Reading Methods2 3
CHD 165 Observation and Participation in
Early Child/Primary Settings 3
CHD 205 Guiding Behavior of Children 3
HLT 135 Child Health and Nutrition 3
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
CST 100 Principals of Public Speaking 3
Total 18

SECOND YEAR
Fall Term
CHD 146 Math, Science and Social Studies for Children 3
CHD 166 Infant and Toddler Programs 3
CHD 210 Introduction to Exceptional Children 3
CHD 216 Early Childhood Programs, School and
Social Change 3
PSY 235 Child Psychology 3
HLT 106 First Aid and Safety 2
Total 17

Spring Term
CHD 215 Models of ECHD Programs 3
CHD 265 Adv. Obs. and Participation in
Early Childhood Settings3,4 3
CHD 270 Administration of Early Childhood
Educational Programs 3
CHD 298 Seminar & Projects: Portfolio Development4 1
PHI 115 Practical Reasoning1 3
SOC 215 Sociology of the Family 3
Total 16

Minimum Credits Required5 67

1 PHI 115 is a core competency capstone course and should be taken in the student’s last spring
semester before graduation.
2 Must have completed CHD 118 prior to taking CHD 119
3 Must have completed CHD 165 prior to taking CHD 265
4 Must take CHD 298 and CHD 265 the same semester
5 Meets VCCS Core Competency Requirements in the following areas:Communication (oral and written), (CST 100,
ENG 111 & 112); Critical Thinking, (ENG 111, CST 100, PHI 115); Cultural and Social Understanding, (PSY 235, SOC
215); Information Literacy, (ENG 111 & 112, CST 100); Personal Development, (SDV 100, HLT 106); Quantitative
Reasoning, (MTH 151 or 163); Scientific Reasoning, (PHI 115). Meets SACS General Education Requirements of
15 credit hours, at least one course in each of the three following areas: Humanities/Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral
Sciences, Math/Natural Sciences.